This mixes a basic racing game with simple platforming elements to create one heck of an addicting adventure. The only possible action you can perform is jumping, while also trying to maintain the speed of your bike. That said you can never come to a complete stop as the screen keeps moving forward. The game starts off very slow with the first few levels doing nothing but introducing the mechanics, however DX wastes no time after that It and rapidly becomes uber challenging as a minor miscalculation results in death. It plays like an old-school NES platformer, but divided into intense mini-levels.
+ Plenty to do in this bite-size download. Beating the game’s ten worlds took me two hours. There are also hidden medals in each level and collecting all of them unlocks the extra worlds after completing the main chapters. Those three are extremely challenging, but will make you come back for more every day.
+ There’s also an arcade-like never-ending mode where the game auto-generates a random world and challenges you to make it as far as you can.
+ Music is surprisingly catchy. Make sure to play with the sound off as it’s the only way to know when enemies will attack.
+ Mastering the double-jump is required to beat the game, but it is actually possible to triple or quadruple (up to seven times actually) your jumps if you time it right. This is actually never revealed to you and incredibly hard to execute. I’ve never been able to do more than four mid-air jumps.
+ You can get power-ups during courses that last for a few seconds. For the most case they’re useful, but you gotta try to avoid the speed increases. These usually end up in death. There’s no way to know for sure what you’re getting so trial and error is necessary.
– No online leaderboards is a real shame.
– At six bucks, might be overpriced for most.
Bike Rider DX was a nice surprise to me. Browsed through the eShop looking to spend that $30 credit I received for getting both Fire Emblem and Shin Megami IV and thought I’d give this a try. Since I’m a huge platformer fan it connected instantly. If you are too, chances are you’ll adore this. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, feel free to download. It’s definitely not the worst decision you could make.
Final Score: 8.0/10