Compete in a 10-race motocross season with some of the world's best riders. Trick out your bike by adjusting the fork angle, tire pressure, engine dynamics, suspension, and gear ratio to get the best possible performace. (Different bike configurations are needed to be successful on different tracks.)
Racing dynamics are also valid: Your bike can stall, get its wheel or fork bent out of shape, etc. You also have complete control over squaring off (negotiating a corner), the mastery of which is required to do well in the game.
Dynamix made a very solid motocross game which however seems like one big commercial for Suzuki (after all, the alternative game title is Suzuki's 250PM Motocross). Still there's nothing wrong with it, but that's why you'll see (apart from Dynamix and Gamestar logos) many Suzuki logos all over the game.
But the game itself is, as I already said very solid. The graphics are simply excellent, considering the year of the release (1989). The graphics are colorful, smooth and often you get a screen in screen detailing the action (like the staling of the engine and restarting it). OK, the sounds are less impressive, but they do a well enough, not to make you desperately look for the power button on your speakers while you play. The controls are a bit tricky though. I could only play the game with the joystick, so if you don't have one, I don't know how to help you. I guess there ought to be a way, but I admit, I haven't bothered to find out, since I didn't have to (have a joystick, will have joy with the stick).
And what about the gameplay?
Yes, it's a typical racing game, with different difficulty levels, other drivers, practice options, competing, trying to get the title in the end... but it's not all about driving. Before racing you get to see the course and you can set a few things on your bike. You can adjust the forks, tire pressure etc. Then it's off to ridding hard, with many bumps on the way and many jumps ahead of you. Make sure you're kind to your bike, or it will let you down when you least expect it.
All in all the game feels like it's a crossover between Street Rod, Stunt Car Racer, 4X4 Off-Road Racing and Grand Prix 500 II. Needless to say, I recommend all of the mentioned games as well.
Nice motocross racing game by Dynamix, designed by Jeff Tunnell of The Incredible Machine and Heart of China fame. Offers you the choice to practice or race a whole season on ten tracks in all. Many aspects of your bike are open for adjustment such as gear ratios, tire pressure, suspension and fork angle. For a more detailed review of the game, Trixter's write-up for MobyGames says it all:
"Compete in a 10-race motocross season with some of the world's best riders. Trick out your bike by adjusting the fork angle, tire pressure, engine dynamics, suspension, and gear ratio to get the best possible performace. (Different bike configurations are needed to be successful on different tracks.) Racing dynamics are also valid: Your bike can stall, get its wheel or fork bent out of shape, etc. You also have complete control over squaring off (negotiating a corner), the mastery of which is required to do well in the game. The best realism factor in the game is "squaring off" -- the technique of leaning hard, putting your foot out for balance, and "powersliding" to take a hard turn.
Motocross remains the only motocross simulation I've played (and I've played about 5 or 6) that leaves this capability in the hands of the player; to square off, you quickly flick the joystick back, then forward again. All other sims do this for you automatically, whether or not you want to. You don't always want to, since squaring off is a speed penalty. Heck, the bike will even stall on you if your revs get below a certain level when you're in a high gear. And you must switch gears manually; no "auto" in this game."
Overall, Motocross remains today one of the best simulations of the sport ever made. Great fun with decent in-game graphics, excellent presentation and good controls. Good luck and don't stall your engine!
People who downloaded Motocross (a.k.a. Suzuki's RM250 Motocross) have also downloaded:
Motocross Madness, Moto Extreme, MotoGP 2, MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology, Moto Racer, Moto Racer 3: Gold Edition, Moto Racer 2, Minigolf Maniacs
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