The game is played from a side-view perspective, with the Baron, his bike, and the world rendered in full 3D. Players hold down a “Go” button to hit the gas and a “Stop” button to put on the brakes, with a left-right directional pad on the left-hand side of the screen designed to control the bike’s tilt when going off of jumps and in mid-air. Some tracks feature turbo packs, which need to be driven through in order to speed up the Baron so he can make it through loops and over extra-long jumps.
In each of the 40 levels, players must negotiate increasingly more treacherous track designs, littered with explosive barrels to clear, steep climbs, and plenty of opportunities to perform flips in the air for extra points. Along the way are gas pumps, which serve as checkpoints for the likely many attempts it’ll take players to cleanly finish each track. At the end of the track is a finish line, and once players reach it they’re shown their star rating, from one to three stars, based on completion, finishing under a time limit, and collecting all of the coins present.
Mountain Sheep is a privately funded Finnish developer responsible for two previous iOS hits, Minigore and Death Rally. Qwiboo, another Finnish company, previously developed Aqua Globs for iPhone and iPad. Bike Baron’s music is by Finnish game composer Ari Pulkkinen, who wrote the music for Roxio’s mega-hit Angry Birds.
Bike Baron is a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, offering enhanced real-time shadows on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. The game sells for $0.99 and is currently No. 6 on the App Store’s list of top paid gaming apps.
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