There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush one gets after getting caught up in a life or death experience. In fact, many are addicted to this surge of excitement, constantly finding new ways to challenge themselves and risk their lives at the same time. However, with Moto Mania by William Garrett, users can become addicted to one of those very life-threatening stunts without ever putting themselves at risk for any bodily harm. Moto Mania, a dirt bike racing game, presents users with multiple stunt-filled raceways that test even the most skilled of gamers with its physics-based, ragdoll-like graphics and challenges.
When you begin, the main screen will present three choices: Play Game, How to Play and More Games. Of course, before you play, one must first learn the rules of the road by following the tutorial under How to Play. Knowing the basics before you dive into the game will make playtime a lot more fun, even if you just give the guide a quick glance, because with very few moves to master, knowing the controls will ease the initial difficulty.
Tapping ‘Play Game’ will first take you to a screen that allows you to customize the appearance of your dirt bike. Choose from four body colors (red, white, blue or yellow) and four different types of wheels. Tap the checkmark icon in the bottom right corner to proceed. Next, choose your raceway’s location – country or city. Moto Mania’s country layout promises giant ramps and jumps, loops, bridges and horrendous cliffs, while city layout leaves users to jump over cars, navigate ramps and run over stray dogs.
As a beginner myself, of course, I highly suggest starting your dirt bike journey with country mode. Though I initially began with city mode, I found it difficult to learn how to master the controls with so many obstacles in the way. Country mode, on the other hand, offers a slightly easier first level that throws only the most basic obstacles in your path, making it practically effortless to proceed to the next level on your first try. Once you’ve become more familiar and accustomed to tapping the gas while maneuvering your rider, city mode becomes a great track for testing your skills, for users must also avoid construction zones, lest they fall into a giant hole, or slow down at slow signs to avoid literally being run down by the police.
You see, Moto Mania employs an accelerometer, which allows users to tilt their device in order to lean the rider in either direction to perform back flips, front flips, execute the perfect landing. However, for the beginner, such technology comes in handy simply when you need to stabilize you rider before he falls on his face. If you do wipeout, your rider will fly off his bike, tossed like a ragdoll. And though it doesn’t take much to make your bike tip and cause the rider to fly off, you can’t help but get right back on a try again, giving Moto Mania that addictive quality that keeps gamers coming back for more.
Moto Mania [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.