Trials Evolution

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Exciting motorbike races with create-your-own tracks option.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about motorbike physics and the basics of game design in this wild and crazy racing game. Realistic rules of gravity, momentum, and motion mean kids will learn how bike riders must shift their weight to maintain balance on tricky slopes and discover how easy it is to flip a light bike when its front tire isn't touching the ground. They'll also learn how to build their own tracks using the game’s custom course editor, and perhaps even come up with new games the developers never imagined. Trials Evolution isn't intended to instruct, but kids will come away with a better understanding of both physics and video game design.

Positive Messages

This game's sole agenda is to entertain players through a combination of challenging events and over-the-top motorcycle antics. It makes dangerous stunts look like they might be fun, and there are no significant consequences associated with wipeouts.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bikers perform stunts that would be very dangerous in the real world. They could conceivably inspire young bikers to try to set up their own stunts. This would be ill-advised.   

Ease of Play

Play is extremely intuitive. No steering is involved. Just hit the gas and control how much your rider leans forward or backward for balance. However, the difficulty ramps up slowly but surely, and some of the career mode's final challenges will prove fiendishly difficult, even for avid players.

Violence

Riders crash their bikes frequently. Sometimes they fall gently, sometimes they land in extremely painful looking ways. A rag-doll physics system creates realistic-looking scenarios in which bodies crumple and twist. Obstacles on the course, including explosives, can send riders flying hundreds of yards. There is no blood or gore, but riders often moan and yell in pain.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trials Evolution is a motorcycle racing and stunt game with some violence in the form of spectacular motorcycle wipeouts. Crashes range from small but authentic (like a rider falling backwards and tumbling down a slope in realistic rag-doll fashion) to the wildly fantastical (explosions can send motorcyclists soaring hundreds of yards through the air). There is no blood or gore, and riders instantly respawn atop their bikes. Parents should also be aware that this game supports open chat-enabled multiplayer.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil August 8, 2012

Fun, addictive and great for kids 11 and up

To start, trials evolution takes a huge leap from its earlier hit, trials hd. It takes the rider out of the factory and into amazing adscapes such as mountains,... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 9, 2013

what was common sense media thinking about 12+

i cannot belive they rated it 12+ the only very mild violence like when you crash your bike or sometimes in levels there are exploseves that sometimes blow up b... Continue reading

What's it about?

In TRIALS HD, a downloadable game available exclusively through Xbox Live Arcade, players drive motorbikes through fantastical stunt courses as quickly as possible. The bikes move through realistic-looking three-dimensional worlds ranging from war zones to sewage systems, but their movement is restricted to a two-dimensional plane. That means there's no steering. Players simply control throttle and braking and shift their rider's weight forward and back. A realistic physics system (or at least realistic for a world in which you can move only left and right) combined with a rag-doll effect when players crash creates some very painful looking wipeouts. Even if players happen to survive a race unscathed, their rider will likely suffer some form of accident -- like a heap of giant logs falling onto their bike, or an explosion that sends him flying almost all the way back to the start line. Plenty of mini-games, a simple-to-use custom track creator, and support for online play for up to four racers give players plenty of reason to keep playing even after they finish the lengthy and challenging career mode.

Is it any good?

Trials HD is an agreeably simple and accessible game that just about anyone can pick up in a matter of minutes. However, there’s also a satisfying level of challenge found in its later races, which will prove daunting even for veteran gamers. If you get stuck you can always jump over to the quick and fun mini-games (like racing as far as you can with limited gas) or hop online for some lightning quick Excitebike-style fun.

But the heart of Trials Evolution is its authentic physics and over-the-top antics. The bikes players drive have a great feel, and act just as you'd expect they would in the real world while climbing steep slopes and jumping giant chasms. Some imaginative obstacles -- think water jets and land mines -- create laugh-out-loud moments, sending the game's hapless motorcyclists tumbling through the air. There aren't many more instantly accessible and bountifully entertaining games on Xbox Live Arcade.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. Do games need swords or guns to be considered violent? Do players need enemies to attack in order for a game to be aggressive? Do you think Trials Evolution is violent?

  • Families can also discuss driving safety. Compare what players can do in games with what is safe and legal in the real world. What sorts of consequences arise from dangerous driving?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Subjects: Math: estimation, geometry, shapes
    Science: gravity, momentum, physics
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
    Self-Direction: achieving goals, initiative, set objectives
    Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
  • Price: $15.00
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: April 19, 2012
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence

For kids who love fast action

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