MotoHeroz HD has
already seen critical (but perhaps not popular) acclaim via
MotoHeroz on WiiWare and this iPad version doesn’t lose much on its
conversion to the mobile world. For the uninitiated, MotoHeroz HD
is a vehicle based time-trial game that takes place on wacky tracks
complete with crazy spins, jumps and item power-ups. Bearing some
similarities to Trials HD (another RedLynx success), the game is
both entertaining but absolutely frustrating at the same time.
There are several
brightly coloured worlds to compete in, including forests, deserts
and snow. As you speed through the tracks, your vehicle must be at
the right speed and have the correct front-rear balance in order to
navigate the various jumps, loop-the-loops and slopes. Each level
only lasts tens of seconds and has a time to beat which earns you
stars : earning enough stars will buy you access to new worlds.
Also scattered throughout the tracks are coins that you can use to
buy upgrades to your vehicles.
These are a must
because without the upgrades, some of the times are nigh on
impossible. A neat feature that MotoHeroz HD brings to the table is
asynchronous multiplayer. A ghost of other players around the world
appears while you race. Also present is a ghost of a CPU vehicle
that will complete the course in the time to beat - if you beat the
vehicle, you beat the time and you get the star. To add to the fun,
several courses require the use of power-up items found along the
way - booster rockets, giant springs, road hugging tyres.
perfection a lot of the time and as such, can be infuriating. This
must be something that RedLynx factored in since the restart of a
level only takes 3 seconds, allowing you to try and try again -
something that you will do over and over and over again. You could
be powering along and misjudge a jump, landing on your head, the
ghost vehicles overtake you with you knowing full well that there
will be no way for you to overtake them and get that elusive star -
RESTART! (and 3 seconds later, you are off again). This will happen
often and the difficulty level is both a blessing and a curse. You
won’t be finishing this game in a hurry.
Also available through the shop is the ubiquitous in-app purchase,
allowing you to buy upgrades to your vehicles without having to earn
them. MotoHeroz HD is a fun, often infuriating game. It has enough
gameplay elements to make it a fun, worthwhile experience when you
only have a few minutes to while away on a game that you can just
jump right into - MotoHeroz HD does this nicely.