Cheap Shot: Moto X Mayhem

What do you get when you combine a dirt bike-riding stuntman, a hilly course, and ragdoll crash physics? Is it: a) the Trials videogame series, b) Moto X Mayhem, c) hilarity, or d) all of the above. Answer: a resounding “all of the above.” Moto X Mayhem may be a clone of the Trials series, but it plays well on the iDevice and is nearly as fun as its inspiration. We just pray that our broken and battered hero has a Wolverine-like healing ability, because after the laugh-inducing spills and faceplants we put him through, he’ll need it.

In Moto X Mayhem, you control the speed and tilt of a dirt biker as he traverses increasingly dangerous terrain. The goal is to reach the end of each stage without crashing, and it is no easy task. The gameplay is fun, the leaderboards are integrated seamlessly, and the controls are certainly usable, though not quite perfect.

I need some air.

The biggest drawback is the game’s length. Seven short levels are all you get. Each level, mind you, when played through flawlessly, takes about twenty seconds to complete, meaning a crash-free run through the game clocks in at around two and a half minutes. Even with a lot of practice runs, restarts, and hilarious wipe outs, our total playtime from initial boot up to end credits was only about twenty minutes. Sure, you can and will go back to shoot for a higher score, but we wished the developers had provided more content.

So buy this game for the enjoyable gameplay, gorgeous graphics, and high level of challenge. You don’t get many levels for your buck, but you’ll have plenty of laughs as your hero eats dirt on account of your miscalculations. And if you stick with it for a little while, you’ll get the hang of it and start hoping for a content pack update, just like us.

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