One of our favorite games growing up was Excitebike, a classic NES title where you compete against other racers by flying over jumps and avoiding mud pits. The memories of that game came back with FunGenerationLab's Motocross Elite, a solid racing game that's fun to play, but eventually wears down due to the limitation of its design.
The game has four general functions. The first two help maintain balance, with "lean back" and "lean forward" buttons on the left. The other two are clearly marked "stop" and "go," acting as your brake and accelerator, respectively. Your job is to score first place through a series of races. The better you fare, the more coins you earn.
In addition to keeping your foot on the pedal, Motocross Elite rewards you for performing stunts in the game. Unfortunately, these are mostly limited to flips, either forwards or backwards. There's no intricate stunt system similar to Hello Games' Joe Danger Touch.
In fact, most of Motocross Elite is rather basic. The initial races are fun, but by the time you reach the second tier of events, there's little to no challenge. There's a neat boost technique, as well as some mud you'll have to sludge through, but that's about it. The only creativity comes in the form of your opponents, which range from a chicken to an invisible man with sunglasses.
Motocross Elite gives you the chance to unlock everything with in-game progression, but it'll take time - and that means a lot of races to get through. If you prefer, you can plunk down a few bucks and buy everything up front. It doesn't make much of a difference, though. This is one of those instances where you're better off leaving the cash in your wallet.
Furthermore, there's no multiplayer action to speak of. To be fair, it's a $0.99 game, but at the very least, there should have been leaderboards to compare times.
Graphically, the game features comical action between riders - like when the Invisible Man's bike shatters apart after striking a hill. The music's not bad either, but there isn't much to the sound effects, outside of motorcycle engines and occasional crowd cheers.
If you're in search of a racing game to play in short spurts, or something that carries on the spirit of Excitebike to a degree, Motocross Elite isn't bad. It just falls short of "elite" status.
What's Hot:Simple yet intuitive gameplay, plenty of parts to upgrade with, creatively designed opponents.
What's Not:Races become repetitive, no multiplayer, worthless in-game purchases.