Physics-engine based bike game: get from start to finish as quickly as possible without crashing and get your time gauged with the three star system. You’ve probably seen it all before, so what more does this game offer?
Immediately you notice how slick the display is; the screen zooms out
gradually as you go faster, giving you a fighting chance of reacting to
a ramp, edge or pile of rocks before the otherwise inevitable explosion
of bike parts. Of course, the system isn’t infallible, but you can be
sure that the vast majority of levels will feel fair and can be done
without any trial and error. To help the cause, the developers place
Slow Down signs with varying degrees of urgency which you’ll do best to
follow as accurately as possible lest you suffer an untimely demise.
Surprisingly, there is a good deal of variety through all the levels,
and you need not be wary of simple A to B stages across a bumpy plain
again and again and again. Some will test your patience as you race
against the clock, requiring some careful timing and use of brakes while
others will examine your reactions as you anticipate the terrain at
With 70 reasonably long levels, gradually rising in difficulty, the
game should keep you busy for a fair amount of time. As you may expect,
completing levels gives you access to a range of bikes, which not only
vary in looks and speeds but also provide some options for emphasis in
robustness, handling, braking and weight to match your own style. The
game does require you to Like on Facebook to unlock certain bikes, but
even without those ones, there are plenty to choose between.
In contrast to what you may expect from a game called Stickman
Downhill, there’s a satisfying range of well-designed and attractive
settings which offer not just a change in background image, but also
subtle differences in the styles of track.
Fortunately, while there are full-screen ads, they are infrequent and
fairly unobtrusive, only appearing while the game is loading and
without the risk of you touching them accidentally and triggering a web
page to open.
Considering the enjoyment factor, replay value and technical
strength, Stickman Downhill is among the best in its genre and is worth a
try even if you’ve been frustrated by other games in a similar vein.