Here at P&L we love our fancy stunts and falling flat on our faces. So when we heard the news that two man team Milkbag Games were developing a stunt-platformer with bikes, we got slighly excited. Finally after 4 years, FutureGrind has arrived. It’s time to don that helmet and mount that grinder. Welcome to the neon madness that is FutureGrind…
The premise is simple, you need to make it to the end of each level by making sure the correct wheel of your bike touches the correct coloured floating rail. It’s sort of a survival race as it were – the pink wheel grinds on pink rails, while the blue wheel grinds on blue rails. Land the wrong wheel on the wrong colour and you’re toast. Sounds simple right? It’s not.
Control wise it’s pretty straight forward and quick to understand. Either playing on PS4 or Switch, the left stick ensures you are totally in control and getting the grinder to do what you what it to. From grabbing rails, to performing huge flips and combos, FutureGrind delivers a good fix of stunts. It’s the mix of perfectly timed jumps, grabs and quick reflexes that make each run fun. Also when it comes to bikes racing isn’t traveling on one wheel one of the main draws? Too right. Well here it’s one wheel action throughout. Not to mention this strange looking bike travels upside down just as good.
The game pushes you to get better by teasing you with extra objectives to perform on each runthrough. As you progress things do get decidedly harder as new and different coloured rails are introduced. What’s really interesting is it’s not just about staying ahead of the game by seeing what’s coming up next in front of you, you’ll also need to keep an eye on what’s happening above you. Doing a fancy flip may look good, but if your wheel touches a wrong coloured floating rail above you, you guessed it, your finished. Restarts are super quick and get you back into the action quicker than you can say “for forks sake, not again”.
FutureGrind is one stylish ride. A blast of neon colours smack out of the screen giving it a lively futuristic feel. The game features a heap of tracks across different environments as well, from snowy peaks to bright sunny beaches to futuristic cities, FutureGrind does looks extremely polished.
Keeping your sponsors happy by combining combos and nailing those floating rails opens up new bikes. On top of that you’ll notice that there’s even a story to the game.
While you’re banging out your combos the game rolls out an infectious soundtrack which is supplied by bignic. If you’re hooked on it then the orginal soundtrack is available over at Bandcamp. It’s also worth mentioning that Milkbag Games have given FutureGrind a colour-matching mechanic that overrides the game and opens it up for colour blinded gamers. These guys think of everything.
You may think you’ve seen it all before, but FutureGrind delivers speed, tricks and combos in a new, unique exciting way. With its dazzling neon bright look and precise handling, Milkbag Games have nailed what a good stunt-platformer is about.
Lizard Rating 8/10