Nitro MX marks Miniclip’s first foray into the console market and yes, that same Miniclip you spent hours at school playing with on the internet, and it’s a strong first outing that I’m impressed with. Nitro MX is similar to the Trials series of games but is more grounded in reality, and it’s addictive fun!
Nitro MX sees you go from rookie to pro motorcyclist as you tackle racers and venues from around the world. As expected in a game where the thrills come from fast-speeds and flashy tricks, Nitro MX has close to no story to tell and no characters to watch develop but the game really doesn’t need them. It kept me coming back for more, despite the relatively steep difficulty curve, and I was finding myself enjoying the challenge. There’s plenty of content to race through too, and it’ll keep you busy for a good while if the difficulty doesn’t bog you down! Levels would change players each time so I found that it was sometimes easier to win — persistence is key.
In Nitro MX you go through several short levels where your goal is to either win a race, get the highest score by performing tricks, mimicking another racer and a few other things — it throws different objectives at you often so you’re never doing the same thing repeatedly. This kept Nitro MX feeling fresh and fun, and I didn’t grow tired of the gameplay — it’s short-burst levels made it easy to pick up and play for short periods of time but also easy to convince yourself to keep playing as the levels aren’t long. Performing tricks is simple and something you’ll be doing often as it builds your nitro gauge up which you need to perform more tricks, better tricks and to get ahead of your opponents. It’s easily accessible and intuitive, and it’s easy to play yet harder to master.
It’s a good looking game with plenty of flair and style, and it had a nice fresh feel to it partly in thanks to its natural environments and noisy stadiums. There’s great detail in the racers and their bikes with plenty of customisation options for both ranging from outfits, colours, bikes and tires, and there’s even a few novelty things too. Considering that this is based on a relatively old Miniclip game which is definitely showing its age, Nitro MX has had a lot of love and care put into developing it and making it fit for PS4. There’s a lively commentator, authentic noise and some jamming tunes to keep you company, too.
Nitro MX is addictive fun with a hugely generous amount of content and pretty often when I turn it on for a short couple of levels, I find myself playing a lot more than originally planned! This is a successful first outing for Miniclip on consoles and as I quite enjoyed these types of games on the Miniclip website itself, I find that this is a great pick for their debut. I know I’ll return to it again when the mood strikes as there’s loads to keep you busy and there’s rarely a dull moment across any of its adrenaline-fuelled stages — if there is, it’s because I’m struggling to finish a stage!