Review MMX Hill Dash
A fun physics-based racing game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 13 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent graphics, fun progression system
Controls don’t feel responsive at times, very grindy
I always take umbrage when a game makes a ridiculous claim by stating it’s the best at what it does. MMX Hill Climb for Android is a physics-based racing game which puts itself up against pioneers of the genre such as the Trials series, which is also available on mobile platforms. So, can this game really stand up to the behemoth?
Well, in a shoe-off, the game does include a racing element, which really doesn’t actually play that large of a factor into the overall game. You do race against an online component on pre-made tracks, but you can finish whenever you want. Your biggest race is against yourself as you try and beat your old times on tracks that you’ve played through several times before.
The game’s controls are a bit finicky, too. There are times when I’ll hit the brakes in order to tilt backwards and nothing will happen, though tilting forwards always seems to do what I want it to. This creates situations where I panick a bit and get myself in a poor position when I would otherwise be alright.
The progression system is good, though. You can purchase upgrades at a pretty steady rate, though they may not always have the impact I want them to. The game does tend to get pretty grindy when you want to unlock cars as they are extremely expensive.
So, does MMX Hill Climb match up to the Trials games? In short, no. While this is a very competent and fun game, it doesn’t have the same oomph and polish as the Trials series does. Even still, it’s great to see new franchises trying to push giants out with better products.