MoboGames takes racing in a new direction in their first title—Biker Gang: Highway Death Moto. It’s a race to the finish line spiced up with the ability to knock other racers off their bikes. While the game sounds action-packed, it falls flat and lacks any interesting features. The developer managed to crash before the race even began.
Each level remains the same as you race towards the finish line while fighting off NPC bikers on your way. You tilt your phone to switch lanes, but that’s the only control you have over your bike. The tilt sensor is finicky as well. Once the level starts, your bike will drift to one side even if you haven’t moved yet. As you race, you’ll encounter other bikers on your left and right. You can shoot them before reaching them or wait and engage the other races hand-to-hand or with melee weapons.
Highway Death Moto allows you to upgrade your bike, driver, and weapons in the main menu. Each upgrade has a hefty price tag of coins that you get from going through the levels. Changing your bike’s color starts at 5,000 coins for blue and goes up for each other color available. The first gun upgrade costs 3,000 coins, so the cost of upgrades is thoughtlessly compiled. Speaking of guns, you also need to pay for the ammo, draining you even more. You collect coins while you race and can even keep them when you lose. However, it still takes quite a few races before you can afford to upgrade anything.
When upgrading your bike, the bike’s appearance changes to another model. There is no importance made to the type of bike and players have no other control over the appearance besides paint color. Your bike gets upgraded as a whole, unlike in most racing games where you can switch out your tires or engine. The only customization there is for your bike is paint color, but this, as said above, is very expensive. For a racing game, it’s actually very disappointing to have so little control over your vehicle. If they were going to narrow their game’s focus to just be about motorcycles, you’d think MoboGames would give the bikes themselves a little bit of attention. Sadly, this wasn’t the case.
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Highway Death Moto manages to be just entertaining enough to be better than the ads. The many, many ads. There is an ad before you start the game than an in-game offer to watch an ad for a better weapon for the round. Finish a level? Win or lose, congratulations, here’s an ad. If you’re lucky, there are a few more sprinkled in elsewhere. A lot of them aren’t even relevant ads. This might be a sports game, that doesn’t mean I’m interested in a new sports bra.
The graphics in this title are not the worst but could have been better. The Google Play store has very nice-looking screenshots, but the game itself doesn’t look that detailed. The background detail especially isn’t as nice in the actual game as the Play Store makes you think it will be. If the screenshots were actually what you see in the game, the graphics would be very nice and bright.
Overall, Biker Gang: Highway Death Moto came in dead last. The graphics are decent, but the gameplay leaves a lot to be desired. Controlling your bike is difficult with wonky controls. Ads are too frequent and can be out of place. Upgrading your bike and gear costs too much and doesn’t leave any room for customization. In the end, MoboGames took a good premise and created a lackluster title that’s not worth the space it takes up.
MoboGames fails to satisfy with lousy controls, overwhelming ads, and lack of any real features. While the premise of this title sounds exciting, the reality is underwhelming and leaves you disappointed.