Bike Baron 2
Essential Apple User Magazine|September 2021
A sequel to a motocross-inspired game with added charm but now with less customisation. Vroom vroom, crash!

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Cornfox & Brothers Ltd. www.bikebaron2.com £3.99, $3.99, 3,90 € Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or Later

Real-life motocross is amazing. The action is always accompanied by gasps of disbelief and awe, so one might hope the daredevil bike-flipping stunts and pants-soiling speed would translate into a decent game. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, and the App Store is littered with the twisted wreckage of potentially excellent two-wheel romps that promise a blend of tricks and racing and fail on both counts.

One of the best games from this sub-genre was Mountain Sheep’s Bike Baron, which took the basics of the gameplay and added overblown physics, platforming, and some elements of puzzle-solving. The results were as memorable and addictive as they were innovative and inventive. This much-delayed sequel offers a visually enhanced return to the fantastic gameplay of the original, albeit with one major admission; more on that later. Bike Baron 2 ramps up the stunts and speed, and also adds a coat of retro charm to the overall design. The improved animation style thankfully retains a cross between Looney Tunes and Aardman; a seemingly inappropriate design fusion yet one that contributes to making this quite possibly the best franchise in the sub-genre currently available on the iPhone and iPad.

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