Pumped BMX+ Review
Indie developer Curve Digital have released Pumped BMX +. The game is a side view bike game get much of its inspiration from the likes Ubisoft’s Trials series and Tiny Wing. The game takes inspiration from an earlier IOS/Android game developed by the same team called Pumped BMX 2. This BMX trick game runs very much like Trials does allowing players to jump off ramps, while flipping in the air and ranking up score points all set to a very colourful vibrant background which reminds me a lot of the visuals from Max Curse Of Brotherhood.
The game also features a smart easy to learn and intuitive control scheme, a fully licensed soundtrack to listen to when playing a game and many authentic and unique bike tricks to pull off.
There is a unfortunate lack of BMX games currently and this is where Pumped BMX fills a gap. This may be a game with very little in the way of technical difficulty , but it’s a strangely addictive effort. Your aiming to always keep your momentum high in order to fulfil the 500 challenges Across 50 different courses in five difficulty tiers, your basic job is to get to the end of each course. Those who have played Tiny Wings will be familiar with holding in a button to drop faster, while Trials fans will see the importance of trajectory when landing jumps or launching from the edge of a ramp. To get players up to speed, there is a robust tutorial that is easy to grasp, along with a bunch of skins for your rider. To successfully complete a level you have to be able to conserve enough momentum and overcome the gaps between half-pipes, ramps and rails while busting out some mad flips, twists and spins!!
The 500 challenges are divided into three categories; perform a certain trick, or set of tricks, achieve a certain trick score and achieve the track score. All of the challenges are pretty straight forward on there own but the hard part is to fulfil and complete the level without any mistakes. In the case where you can’t reach the finish line you will have to restart the track and try again (nightmare) but it gives this BMX game and element of difficulty at time.
While relatively simple to start out with, the two mechanics work well together; blending both of those game’s important concepts in a logical way. Coupled with the brand new input for non-mobile interfaces, it works really well. Later on you get the ability to flick back or forward on the tip of the ramp to get a respective boost, which adds good level of complexity to the levels at times.
Graphically Pumped BMX is smooth and very nice to look at making the transitions between each jump while doing a triple back flip very easy, the textures of the background are lush. While doing a crazy trick the sun glares off the trees giving it a real feel. The game is great for replay value, I kept finding myself redoing the races to beat my own time and score (im the worst for that) it would have been nice to have some sort of ghost player like you see in racing games.
Pumped BMX+ is out now!
Watch the trailer below:
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