Review Motor Hero!
How long can you balance your bike?
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 31 Aug 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Fun gameplay, snappy controls
Graphics are a little too understated, level design is sub par
One of the best games to come out of the mobile platform, though it didn’t begin there, is the Trials game franchise. In that game, the idea is to accelerate and brake while you try to navigate over scary obstacles without flipping over. Motor Hero for Android is like the arcade version of that and it’s surprisingly good.
The goal of this game is really similar to that of the Trials games, but the levels aren’t handcrafted, so you’re not going to get the same kind of creativity that you would from something like that. Instead, as you’d expect in just about any mobile game at this point, every time you get into a new game you’ll be playing a randomly generated level. And as any Trials fan will tell you, the level design is the heart of that game.
The result is what we have here. Something that looks good, plays well enough, but doesn’t really have anything to call its own. The controls are pretty simple. You’ll tap on the gas to accelerate. You’ll also use the same button to flip. Flipping is where you’ll earn coins to unlock new bikes. You can also use the brake, though I didn’t really find a use for it myself. There are a few nuances to the gameplay mechanics, such as letting the bike slide down platforms so you can build up some speed to jump further.
Despite not having the same personality as the game it tries to ‘arcade-ify’, Motor Hero is a pretty fun arcade mode. It has a bit of depth and nuance to make the experience a bit less shallow than many other arcade games.