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Hot Biscuit Flash Motorcycle Trials

Thursday, August 17th, 2006 by Matthew in Physics Games
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David Thorburn of the marvelous Teagames just released his latest Flash physics game, TG Motocross 2. It’s pretty much the best web-based trials motorcycle game I’ve seen to date. Let’s take a closer look:

Well-Tuned Game Design

The play mechanic in TG Motocross 2 is extremely well tuned. The rider and bike aren’t sluggish, but they don’t feel too jumpy and sensitive either. The game hits a very nice sweet spot where you feel like you’re rightfully in control of your own actions. It’s easy to control, yet still retains a high enough level of fidelity in the simulation to be interesting.

TG Motocross 2 utilizes controls similar to other trials games. Up and down correspond to accelerate and brake, and left and right fluidly control your rider’s stance. Properly controlling your rider’s position is the key skill for any trials bike game. It quickly becomes a matter of intuition, rather than deliberate calculation. You soon learn how to preload your rider for extra spring in jumps, how to climb hills, how to absorb the shock of landings, and so on.

Level Design

The level design in TG Motocross 2 is adequate, although slightly repetitive. What it lacks in variation it makes up for in quality; the levels have a very nice flow to them. The jumps are spaced just the right distance apart, and the bike has a very decent top speed (the mini-map really helps out for seeing what’s coming up).

Overall, I would’ve liked to see more technical sections. Some of the later levels in Trials: Mountain Heights are a great example of how to make insanely well-crafted trials levels. It’s difficult to make the levels hard to play without making them frustrating to play as well.

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One Click Away

TG Motocross 2 is a fantastic example of the power of Flash for game design. It’s a physics-based, fast-paced action game, and it runs right in your browser. I can’t wait to see what kinds of games Flash Player 9 will enable. The new virtual machine is said to be a huge speed improvement.

Play TG Motocross 2 here (free web game, Flash 8)

Or head on over to Teagames to check out their other physics-based Flash games.

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  1. c--b said,

    on August 17th, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah, I actually bothered to play the first one all the way through. That’s an amazing acomplishment by the way, I hardly ever give flash games a chance.

    This one is going to be loads of fun!

    Also, it seems that you’ve left a Bloboats screenshot in the review Matt; unless that’s an unlockable? :P

  2. Gmod_user said,

    on August 17th, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    Fun for awhile… some of the levels are hard and frustrating, but overall, it is a very fun and well tuned game!


  3. Wrestler#1 said,

    on August 18th, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Check this out:
    You can download a game like TG Motocross 2 for your MOBILE at . It is called Gravity Defied. A FREE demo is availabile. So go and check it out!


  4. Beakless said,

    on August 19th, 2006 at 6:32 am

    Yeah, i’ve been a fan of tea games and love all of his work, escpecilly top dog 1, not 2 though, too serious.

    but i’m glad his flash games are getting apreciated, and this one escpecilly, nice work :-)

  5. Joshua said,

    on August 19th, 2006 at 6:51 am

    Haha, it’s a fun game, and as was said in the article, it was tuned pretty well, although you can ride up the wall on the end of the stage without any problems… :P

  6. Dosou said,

    on August 19th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    Compared to many of Teagame’s other games this one seems to be alot faster paced atleast to me.

  7. c--b said,

    on August 19th, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    For some reason I think Motocross 2 will run as fast as it possibly can on your pc, when I played it first I’d had alot of processor intensive programs opened. It ran at a slow pace. Later on the next day I decided to play some more (It was great fun), and didn’t have anything else open besides Firefox. It was a bit more challenging.

    I assume this is how people are getting -13 second times in the high-score tables :/

  8. Matthew said,

    on August 19th, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    I know Flash is a lot slower in Firefox than IE.

    My best time is 1:59.92. I get a lot of unneeded air when I pop over hills, though…

  9. Tim said,

    on February 22nd, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    I play this game at my freinds house and it runs alot faster, when i play it at my computer it runs really slow, i have flash 9 installed. whats the problem??

  10. Some kid said,

    on February 26th, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    @Tim How can you have Flash 9 when there are only 8?

  11. Matthew said,

    on February 26th, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    Flash 9 player has been out for months now (since June).

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