Monday, 04 June 2018 14:19

REVIEW: Urban Trial Playground (Nintendo Switch)

Written by Keith Dang
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Urban Trial Playground is a motorcycle game that requires you to run a series of courses set in Suburbia, where you are required to do tricks and stunts to earn points to progress to the next level. When you begin, you can customize your character. As you progress, you can deck them out in outfits that are unlocked by earning money from completing goals in the game. You start the game by doing the tutorial... and I highly recommend that you do.

The controls are pretty simple and the tutorial will get you familiar with the them, after which you will be set to tackle the game. There is roughly 54 courses each with goals and challenges that you have to pass to earn stars. You do this to qualify to progress to the next challenge.

REVIEW: Urban Trial Playground (Nintendo Switch)

You can crash as many times as you wish as you can restart the course at any time. I basically used that as a learning curve to see what the course is like, then I restart try and do it properly. Doing tricks requires you to be able to balance using the analog sticks on either the controller or using the joy cons attached to your switch table.

Completing certain tasks will sometimes unlock items in the garage for you to use to customize your character or your bike. Tracks contain check points, so at least if you crash, you will start at the last check point you hit and you will be hit with a point deduction penalty. If you fall during a timed trial you lose precious seconds. Restarting when you fall on your first trick will give you a shot to redeem yourself before you get in too deep.

For those not wanting to go it alone, there is a multiplayer option as well. You can choose to compete against each other or chase one another. In chase, one player is given a head start and then the second player will hunt them down. Both modes are fun and add depth to the game.

REVIEW: Urban Trial Playground (Nintendo Switch)

The graphics the game have to offer are ok, they aren’t great, but they are passable. I do recommend playing it in tablet mode though. The game just seems to look better on the small screen compared to the big screen. The sound and music is upbeat and funky. it’s fun to hear the noise of the motorcycles engine hum when you are speeding along and doing flips and stuff, while your character occasionally says “Yes” whenever you do something tricky.

Overall – this is a fun little to game to pick up when you have a free hour or so to play. The courses aren’t long, so it doesn’t require a lot of time. The load screens are short and the game is constantly saving so you don’t have to worry about saving every 5 mins.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Age Rating: Everyone
  • Developer: Teyon, Tate Multimedia
  • Publisher: Tate Multimedia
  • Genre: Sports