RedLynx adds new tracks and new vehicles.
You imagine that when RedLynx first came up with the idea for MotoHeroz, a bouncy buggy-juggling racer with cartoon visuals, the Wii seemed like the perfect platform. Accelerate into 2011 and it looks like a bad move: not just for the RedLynx accountants but for the game's players, too. MotoHeroz is good, but there are gaps here that look very deliberate.
You drive as Gene McQuick, a Joe Danger without the charm, in a four-wheel buggy with two-wheel drive. The handling is a gentler, though instantly familiar, variant on the physics model from RedLynx's motocross fan favourite, Trials. The major changes are that it's impossible to crash (the buggy can land on its roof, but a quick shake of the Wii remote rights it again and sets you off) and reversing is almost as quick as moving forwards, allowing many of MotoHeroz' levels to be built around speedy transitions between the two.
The level design is where MotoHeroz excels, a precision-engineered mix of huge ramps, loops, cogs and precipitous drops that form both slow-burning platform challenges and breakneck races. Your first attempt at many of the later worlds simply involves working out what to do before restarting and going for a 'proper' run, with the obstacles and their uses constantly changing.
This Thursday's eShop update is all about WiiWare racer MotoHeroz, crafted by the lovely hands of Trials HD creator RedLynx.
MotoHeroz blends the essence of Trials HD with bright and colourful graphics, plus juicy same-screen multiplayer for four. The latter has you scrabbling over friends' buggies as you fight your way to the front of the pack.
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MotoHeroz will release for WiiWare on 15th September for 1500 Wii Points (£10.20).
Finland? Funland, more like! Or at least that is the impression you might have cultivated had you peered at my distinctly Nordic appointment schedule at the Game Developers Conference this month. For it was there I not only played charming gravity-based PSN platformer Rochard, but also received a riotous introduction to MotoHeroz - the latest game from Trials HD developer RedLynx.
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RedLynx, the Finnish mastermind behind Trials HD, has announced MotoHeroz for an early 2011 release on WiiWare.