Nintendo Switch gets its first taste of tricks and flips Urban style as Urban Trial Playground makes an exclusive jump onto the console. Up for a mess in the Playground? Then full throttle this way for some two wheeled trickery…
Developed by Teyon and published by Tate Multimedia, Urban Trial Playground is a physics based stunt racer. You play as either Tommy or Riley, two sun kissed bikers that are out to impress. They’re pretty fearless too. Bouncing off roof tops and surviving 20ft drops never seem to fluster these guys. The plan is simple – you need to get from A to B traversing through intelligently designed courses. This is done by shifting the weight of your bike to overcome obstacles, jump off ramps and pull stunts. As well as making sure you don’t connect face to concrete, you’ll also have set objectives to meet on each run. They mainly involve score based ones or perfoming a set amount of flips. High scores earn you stars, so the more stars you bag, the more tracks unlock.
With a trials racer precise bike handling is the key to successfully performing those tricks, flips and big jumps. Urban nails this aspect, and it’s not a complicated system to master either. With independent front and rear brake control, stoppies and wheelies are easy to toss out. Trying to wheelie an entire level all while simultaneously landing big jumps however is not easy, and demands some serious practice – trust me. Controls wise the left stick sees you shift your weight back and forth, and a pull down on the stick before a jump earns you bigger air time, perfect for those front and back flips. Combining all these tricks convert into multi-score points and a chance of landing on the online leaderboards. The replay value of the leaderboards is a huge one. This really pushes you into becoming a more daring and adventurous racer, in a bid to squeeze out more tricks and get your name up there.
Urban Trial Playground keeps its stunt racing to the confients of the beaches, towns and back yards of California. Beautifully designed backgrounds really depict great detail. Levels do all look a bit similar however, and whether you’re nose diving into outdoor swimming pools or racing through back yards it does become a bit of a repetiive ride. On the flip side though, it does stay true to its chilled out California vibe.
Game mode wise you have Freestyle and Time Trial within the 50 plus tracks offered. Time Trial, along with your ghost run helps push racing to the limits as there’s different routes to take. They’re not wildly different but opting to race under a shopping mall instead of deciding to scale one does help to knock seconds off your time. There’s also 2 player split screen play in Time Trial or Tag modes if you’re wanting to settle some family feuds, and it’s that experimenting in Urban Trial Playground that keeps the game fresh.
Is Urban Trial Playground for eveyone? Sure it is. It’s not as technically demanding as PlayStation’s Trials Fusion, it’s an accessible game to newcomers instead, but there is still a challenge there for hardcore Trials fans later on in the game. The 25 plus early levels will unlock with ease however. After you’re had the privilege of being offered new bikes with added power and abilities to ride (there are five in total), visting previous tracks to obtain more stars becomes an easier task. Spending the in-game credits on bike upgrades on top of that gives even more improved chances to progress, making Urban Trial Playground ultimately a rewarding ride.
Urban Trial Playground is a fine stunt racer with beautiful visuals, precise bike handling and competitive online leaderboards. These factors combined ensure that you will stay glued to the handlebars. While it does lack varity and depth, it’s still an attractive, exclusive Switch offer to mount.
Lizard Rating: 7/10