BMX Trials

• Publisher: Mastertronic
• Developer:
Release Date: 1985
Code: R & D Darling

Title GFX: Jim Wilson
Music: R & D Darling

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 79%




> BMX TRIALS by Mastertronic

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Oh Lord... It's BMX Trials by Mastertronic, which is another awful production from the Darling brothers - it could almost be considered criminal! I was one of those kids that got sucked in by the futuristic looking cover and was massively disappointed with the game itself. Like so many C64 games of the eighties, this is a game of timed events in the style of the so many decathlon games around at the time. This one, however, is based on a BMX to suck in the millions of bike obsessed kids that owned a computer (me included) back in the eighties.

The graphics, sound and game play are all pretty naff but the worst thing of all about this game is the awful control system and difficulty level. The final stage nearly had me pulling my hair out by the handful.

It's a shocking game that you really don't need in your life. Avoid like the plague.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I painstakingly plodded through the events and saved my progress as I beat each level. Some were easy, and some were insanely hard. The final level requires the joystick manipulation of an octopus on acid combined with the timing accuracy of a hummingbird on valium. It took ages to get it right, but I finally managed to beat the last event.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The words 'WELL DONE' appear on the screen and a 'For he's a jolly good fellow' tune starts to play. The kid on the bike then does a headstand while riding along the screen. After three attempts at the last level you are asked to restart from the beginning and try to improve your times.


  • Neil: The Darling brothers don't normally have a lot at the end of their games so I suppose this is better than I expected. 2/10.
  • Vinny: Wow - this one brings back memories of me rushing home from the computer game shop with my £1.99 Mastertronic game in hand and excited with the prospect of playing a BMX game! How quickly that excitement depleted and turned into disgust. This game sure was/is basic and very flat - not to mention frustrating!! I wonder if it's not too late to get my money back!

    To be honest, I didn't stick with this game long enough to find out if it had an ending... and let's be completely honest here... who would EVER think that it WOULD in fact have an ending!! I'm very surprised because The Darling Brothers are known for their lack of Commodore 64 game endings. 2/10 from me too.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Cover looked exciting, but if memory serves me well I think the alarm bells should have rang when there were no screenshots included.

    Shocked it has an ending, but not shocked that it's crap!
  • Andrew Fisher: ...
    Riders ready
    Pedals ready
    Terrible BMX game from the Darling Brothers - GO!

    Avoided this one back in the day after the terrible review, the ending is suitably apt.
  • Gaz Spence: I suppose the game is a trial in one sense. A quick cash in on the popularity of BMXing, no doubt taking in a lot of school kids at the time.
  • Andy Vaisey: Yuck. Still have this game in my collection and I don't think it's come out of the case since I bought it and played it once all those years ago. Cynical cash-in on a craze doing the rounds at the time. The ending is probably the best part of the game and that REALLY isn't saying much...

FINAL SAY: A pleasant little surprise - but it ain't much to see.

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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