October 28, 2006

Elasto Mania

This game is the sequel to the 1997 computer game Action Supercross. I never played the original, but I did stumble upon this game a few years ago. The idea of the game is to collect all the apples and then get to the flower to finish the level, all without crashing (hitting your head). It is a very simple game. Besides gas and brake, you can lean forward and back and turn around on the bike. By applying the brake, the wheels suddenly have infinite friction causing the bike to flip at high speeds. The interesting part is that the only solid parts of your character are the wheels and the head. This means you can hook your tires on things and drive upside down.

If you buy the full version it comes with a level creator, multi player, and even more levels. You can also download levels that other people have made. There seems to be a thriving "community" behind the game, that includes contests and world record holders. Just this year someone made a patch that allows you to play over the internet in multi player mode. There is even a Linux version.

Although the game is easy to play, it's hard to master. Check out some clips of a few great runs.

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