Players take part in a race against three other – initially computer-led – bikes. Once the tutorial is completed however, you’ll be sent to Arizona to begin your career are a dirt biker, and tasked with completing 30 levels against real-life opposition. Arizona isn’t the only location you’ll find yourself racing through either, as Machu Picchu and Madagascar are both unlockable further into the game. The races themselves differ in style and layout, with unique hills, bumps, and mud-pits all in the way to make things more difficult for you. The further you progress in the game the more challenges you face, so what starts out as a simple sprint to the finish line turns into a test of skill and endurance. This is when the two main buttons you have to press become crucial; lean your bike too far back when on an incline and you risk flipping over, the race all but lost. Don’t pull it back at all however, and you’re unlikely to get enough grip to pull ahead. It’s more a question of how much you want to risk crashing for winning.

Your rewards for winning are crucial to your improvement and progression in the game. Cogs act as the basic currency, which can be used on a number of things. The most crucial are boost and fuel top-ups. Boosts are limited to ten, so when you run out of these you’ll be unable to give yourself that crucial push past an opponent. Fuel is used for every race so is required to be topped up with cogs, although the game will do this for you after a certain amount of time anyway. Cogs can also be used to purchase coins, which themselves unlock a variety of items to help improve your bike, including engine and suspension parts. These will all improve the power, speed, and jump of your bike, making you faster and allowing you to race on more difficult tracks. It may take a while to improve your performance, so there an in-game purchases of cogs to give you a head start.


Animations, flags, avatars, and styles can be designed and changed on your character, allowing you full customization of everything you see. Cases will provide you with gifts after a certain amount of time, increasing the amount of items you have without costing you vital currency. There are even deals on the black market, where you can purchase valuable upgrades for cheap. This depth of gameplay means that there’s so much more to think about in Dirt Xtreme than just winning the race; it makes you consider how to get there in the first place. It’s a brilliantly fun app if you take it as a simple one, but consuming it you look at it more seriously.

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