App Army Assemble: Urban Trial Pocket – “Does this motorcycle stunt game provide the necessary thrills?”

Urban Trial Pocket is a recently released physics-based racing game for iOS and Android. It tasks you with guiding a motorbike through courses strewn with obstacles while performing as many tricks as possible. It’s a game that will appeal to thrill seekers, and we have quite a few of them in our App Army. So we gave them Urban Trial Pocket to see if it provides the appropriate feel.

Here is what they said:

jojo reis

Great game, super fun in the gameplay, simple and intuitive controls, the style of the game is very radical and you have to do maneuvers to earn points and pass the stage, graphically very cool. These types of games are addictive as they are very easy to play and this one is no different, anyone who wants something casual and can play anywhere without a doubt Urban Trial is amazing. The game works great on iPad.

Oksana Ryan

It’s not the kind of game I’m good at and this one is no exception. However, after many attempts during the training chapters, I managed to master the basics and moved on to the actual gameplay. The controls were fairly easy to use and the graphics were brilliant and provided the perfect backdrop. Although progress was slow, I had a sense of accomplishment when I managed to perform some of the trickier maneuvers and enjoyed my progress. There are upgrades for outfits and gear to add more interest and for someone who likes these kinds of games, I’m sure they would be fun for hours.

Robert Maine

Urban Trial Pocket is a motorcycle driving game where you follow different courses and do stunts to accumulate points. It’s a nice game and sounds great too, but the touchscreen controls let it down. I played on my iPhone first and the game was nearly unplayable. Too many buttons and slider control for rider position is very hard to use when accelerating or jumping. By switching to my iPad and using a PS4 controller, the game became much easier to play, with the analog stick making adjusting driver position second nature. If you don’t have a physical controller for your iPhone/IPad, this game will frustrate you. If you have a controller, this is a great trial game that will give you hours of fun.

Sangeet Shukla

A fun bike game where you race your bike while performing stunts in various environments, earning stars and cash to use for customization, new gears and tricks. As a standalone game, you’ll enjoy its gameplay, which works well with touchscreens and features a new style of joystick control that I love.
The music is excellent. There are slider options to adjust the volume, including voiceovers.

The graphics are dynamic and the presentation is elegant. There is also a chart option where the highest is Very High. There are plenty of skins, cheats, and bikes to choose from, adding to the variety of the game. The first few hours are extremely enjoyable, and there are ghost races and additional challenges as well. There are many positive things in the game, but nothing sets it apart from other games in the genre. Finally, there is a free version on Google Play that you can try before purchasing the full version.

Torbjörn Kamblad

There have been quite a few motorcycle games for mobile over the years. Most have levels allowing you to cross from left to right. What Urban Trial Pocket introduces (as far as I can tell) is the ability to spin and rewind. This gives you the chance to aim for the best jumps and additional opportunities to grab collectibles mid-air. The gameplay is more like a skateboard game than a racer focusing on massive combos.

The presentation is really sleek and I really appreciate the ragdoll physics when I spin the bike too fast. Initially I thought there were too many buttons to keep track of with acceleration, jump, braking, two hint buttons and a special hint button. After a few hours, I managed to get my clumsy fingers going. The satisfaction of nailing a wheelie into a massive backspin Superman trick is totally awesome. Comes highly recommended.

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Marc Aboukoff

I started playing around with the touchscreen controls and maybe it’s just me, but I found them very difficult to use. Switched to my BackBone controller and problem solved. As far as being able to control, anyway. I got to lesson three where you have to jump high… and I did it more than once (as evidenced by the little green bar at the top of the screen), but whatever I needed to do to progress to the Beyond that, I couldn’t. I tried probably a dozen times and my jumps got higher and I incorporated 180 and even 360 turns and got some really nice moves.

But I never got past that. I gave him more than a fair chance but eventually gave up in frustration. And it’s worth noting that I tried the same thing using the touchscreen (almost as a last resort), and found the acceleration button to be right above the jump button, and to do the high jump, you have to keep pressing the accelerator at the same time you press and slide the jump button. So here is. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t do it and ended up giving up. I can do the high jump, but not to the satisfaction of the tutorial.

If I had to make a suggestion, other than changing the layout of the controls, I would give the player the option to skip the tutorial if they want. And that’s a shame because other than that, it seems like a fun, solid game. Anyone interested should try the free trial before purchasing.

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