Trials Fusion

Common Sense Media says

Creative, social racer lets kids learn from fun, risky ride.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While this game can be a fun social gaming experience and act as an outlet for creativity, its fantastical motorcycle racing suggests that it's fun to perform dangerous bike stunts. It also implies that failing such stunts, though perhaps painful, carries no serious repercussions.

Positive role models

The riders' thrill-seeking nature combined with a lack of significant consequences associated with their spectacular crashes makes them pretty poor role models.

Ease of play

Things start off fairly easy with intuitive controls and success all but guaranteed. However, about two thirds of the way into the career mode the courses become much harder. Some sections of "expert" tracks will take players 100 or more tries to pass. This skill-testing play is part of the game's appeal for its target demographic of dedicated gamers, but casual players may be turned off by the difficulty.

Violence

Crashes result in some very painful looking ragdoll animations. Riders fall dozens of yards onto hard surfaces, get crushed between their bike and the ground, become wedged between objects in the environment, and in some scenes can even be electrocuted or blown up. They don't appear to die (they immediately respawn atop their bikes after crashing), but that may just end up giving more impressionable players the notion that the game's outrageous motorcycle stunts aren't life-threatening.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Moderate privacy and safety concerns. Players will be able to race against others online at some point after the game's launch, and they may be allowed to chat with one another via open voice communication. That means they could be exposed to inappropriate discussions and language. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Trials Fusion is a fun motorcycle racing game that stands out from the crowd with its social options as well as creative opportunities. Riders do frequently crash in a very painful-looking fashion; The game never implies that they're seriously injured (they immediately respawn after perilous drops and crushing collisions), but that may simply end up convincing young and impressionable players that the risks of real-world motorcycle driving aren't as great as they really are. This important concern aside, the game offers a positive social gaming experience thanks to its enjoyable local four-player competitive mode. Plus, a deep and empowering track editor allows kids to explore and express their digital creativity creating their own tracks.   

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports
  • building

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • friendship building
  • listening

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Gorgeous graphics and intuitive controls make this a very easy game to get into. That said, the career mode's slowly growing and ultimately intimidating level of difficulty could end up turning off impatient kids.

Learning Approach

Kids express creativity and discover game design by building levels using a powerful track editor. They learn to use the design tools via a process of trial and error and feedback from peers. 

Support

In-game tutorials are lacking. However, the game's community will often provide helpful advice and constructive criticism. Players can also improve by viewing and testing other players' courses.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports
  • building

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • friendship building
  • listening

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can practice their digital creation skills and enjoy a fun social experience in this empowering motorcycle racing game. Players get to design, build, and share courses of their own construction using an editing module not unlike those used by professional game designers. They also have opportunity to interact with other players, including friends that they play against in local multiplayer matches as well as members of the game's creative community. Trials Fusion gives kids the ability to explore their imagination in fun ways while constructively communicating with their peers.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Building on the mammoth success of its predecessors, TRIALS FUSION puts you in control of motorcycle riders traversing extraordinarily dangerous courses. Players work through a campaign of around 60 progressively difficult tracks in which they'll cross lethal gaps while performing outrageous stunts, earning medals, cash, and experience along the way. While the courses appear in three dimensions, the action is limited to just two, which means steering isn’t a factor. All players need do is adjust throttle and brakes, control how much their rider leans forward or back to shift his weight, and -- new in this edition -- perform mid-air tricks by manipulating the right control stick. Outside of the campaign kids can play in local (and, coming soon, online) multiplayer competitions. They can also create and share their own tracks using a robust course editing module that's essentially a full-fledged game design tool with a user-friendly interface.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Trials Fusion isn't quite a complete game at launch, since it's missing some key bits slated for later introduction (including online tournaments). But what's here is still pretty impressive. The campaign takes hours to work through and will help players hone their riding skills. Local four-player multiplayer events, meanwhile, make for a fun and addictive social gaming experience. Plus, the game looks absolutely gorgeous on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, making full use of these advanced consoles' processing power.

But the real appeal for many will be the empowering track editor, which allows players to create tracks every bit as complex, challenging, and enjoyable as those created by the game's originators. Even if you don't want to take the time to build your own courses, you can still download and enjoy an almost limited supply of user-generated tracks created by the game's community. Nearly a million tracks were crafted by users for Trials Evolution, and it's safe to say a similar number of player-made will eventually be designed for this iteration. That means avid fans will never run out of fresh tracks to challenge their virtual motorbike driving skills. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impact of racing games on young drivers. How might these games impact the real-world road habits of people just learning to drive?

  • Families can talk about social gaming. What's different about playing games with friends compared to watching TV or a movie with your buddies? When playing games with friends do you prefer it if they're in the same room or online? 

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Price:$19.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:April 15, 2014
Genre:Racing
Topics:Cars and trucks
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Language, Mild Violence (PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Kid, 12 years old August 4, 2014
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11
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LEARNING

hard but fun motorcycle racing

I think this is a great game for more experienced gamers because most of the playtime is is taken up by crashing .incredibly challenging
Kid, 11 years old July 17, 2014
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6
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12???? Really?

Really csm? 12? This game is a bike game where you try to complete tracks. "The biker crashes in a painful fashion" ha! Its fine for anyone!
Teen, 17 years old Written byzissou59 June 17, 2014
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7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Simple and fun for kids.

The game puts the player in the role of a trials bike rider. Really there's nothing wrong with this game for kids roughly 7 and up. Your rider can fall off his bike and scream and crash into things but really it's more amusing than violent.
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