If you’re a fan of Tron, side-scrolling racing games and don’t mind watching your bike flail uncontrollably with a center of gravity worse than Waldo then Rider is the game for you. This catchy side-scrolling racer is a great example of how a simple concept combined with visually appealing graphics can be made into a great game that keeps users hooked. It’s easy to learn but very difficult to master and although it is more saturated with ads than a NFL broadcast it is entirely free to play.
Rider is one of those app games that is very easy to jump right into due to it’s simple controls and straight-forward objective. The goal is to reach the finish line of many two-dimensional racetracks by simply holding your finger anywhere on the screen – no tapping in this game! Sounds easy right? Well it’s not, as you will quickly realize when your bike continuously flops upside down before exploding into digital fragments. The difficulty in keeping your bike upright while navigating the various obstacles on the track is what makes this game so challenging and keeps me coming back for more!
Once you finally make your way through a track in one piece you begin to unlock rewards such as more bikes, different visual themes and more challenging race tracks. The rewards are all unlocked by progressing through the game and do not require the user to pay to play to enjoy the full experience. There are however a lot (I mean a lot) of ads. By the time you finish a few tracks you will have experienced a slew of pop-ups, banners and video ads for other products and app games. But hey, everyone’s gotta make money so I won’t hold this against the developers too much, except the pop-up ads, those really suck.
The nature of this game likely won’t keep you hooked for hours on end but if you are like me you will find yourself giving it a shot and trying to land that same jump without exploding whenever you have a few minutes to spare. The graphics are quite good as well and when you wrap it all together you’ve got yourself a solid app game worth taking out for a spin.
Overall Score: 4/5