A game like Trial Xtreme 2 lives or dies on its physics engine. You're tasked with riding a motorbike across uneven terrain, and the ability to negotiate a small bobble can be the difference between success and failure.
The game's publisher, Deemedya, believes the game's physics engine is up for the challenge though - and its title has much more to offer besides.
Maya Gurevich, CEO at Deemedya spoke to us about Trial Xtreme 2's controls and online options, as well as any future plans for the game.
Motorbikin', motor bikin', motor bikin'
Trial Xtreme 2's physics engine would mean nothing without the unity game engine running things though, and Gurevich is keen to emphasise that both elements help to create a realistic, yet rewarding, experience.
"The unique physics engine on top of unity engine results in some amazing 3D graphics," she says, "this helps to give the user a realistic experience. This is not an easy arcade racing game, but a pure, hardcore trials game that's based on the Trials sport and taking it one step further. "The bike and the rider have real functioning physics and characteristics unlike other games in the genre, which are far more arcade in style."
Trial Xtreme 1 – the game's predecessor – could be argued to have similar qualities too, and Gurevich explains the areas of that title that have been tuned up.
"Improvements from the first game include environments that appear more realistic, better crashes, jumping capability, an improved physics engine, a gravity function, the ability to lean forwards and backwards with the tilt controls, and special tricks," Gurevich says, "as well as adding stars to grab, better device support, improved music and sound effects, and Facebook connectivity."
Looking like a streak of lightning
The inclusion of more in-depth tilt controls is something worth noting too, with Gurevich pointing out that they allow you to get through the tracks with absolute precision .
It was necessary to make Trial Xtreme 2 a challenge though, as the development team was inspired by actual motorbiking feats in real life when designing the game.
"We were inspired by amazing trials sport [video] clips," Gurevich explains, "demonstrating the hardcore nature of this extraordinary sport presented by professional riders from all over the world riding in various organised and natural courses."
With the online and social network elements included, the stakes are upped further as well.
"You can upload extreme pictures to your Facebook wall," elaborates Gurevich, "and also check how your performance compares to others across the world in the Game Center leaderboard."
Go-go gotta go motorbike riding
The game is available for iOS, Android, and Mac - and will be available for motion controlled TV, PC, and browser in the near future. Updates are being scheduled as well.
"We plan to add additional levels to the game," Gurevich says, "while adding social features that will allow the players to challenge their friends."
A third installment to the Trial Xtreme series is on the cards too.
"Trial Xtreme 3 is currently in the works, and planned to be published in a few months," Gurevich reveals, "it's a game that will take the Trial Xtreme experience to higher levels, challenging both the player and handset abilities in various environments, new challenging levels, and including unique social features to allow users to compete with their friends."
Trial Xtreme 2 is available on the App Store now, and costs £1.49 / $1.99 [iTunes link], with a free version also available [iTunes link]. You can also buy it on Android for £1.50 / $2 [Google Play link]. Check out the trailer for the game below: