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