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Trials is a series of motocross games that takes a liberal approach to sports and, incidentally, gravity. The latest full release, Trials Fusion, saw an iOS counterpart called Trials Frontier. This slightly more cartoony take on the long-running series features the same physics-based racing and orientation gameplay - imagine it as a single-lane, dialed-up version of Excitebike. The Android version was just released, but only in certain locations. We're not sure where, we just know that it isn't the US.

In Trials, you control a motocross rider with gas, brake, and orientation, variously setting speed times, landing tricks, and landing on what used to be your face. Previous full versions managed to vary the gameplay with insanely over-the-top 2D levels and interesting bike upgrades, and those elements are certainly present in the western-themed Trials Frontier. What's also present is a time-based in-app purchase system: yeah, it's the super-annoying "energy" system, where you either wait to play that next round or pay real money to fill your fake bike with fake gas.

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The 3D graphics are impressive, and so is the gameplay, but I imagine that hardcore Trials fans will quickly tire of the manipulative IAP system. Multiplayer is included, but only in the leaderboard/ghost racer style. Expect to see a wider release in a few weeks.

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Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • remister

    Not released in the US yet, *gasp*

  • jirkadus

    Neither UK

  • DeadSOL

    Not available in Australia.

  • Blaine Magee

    In app purchases are getting out of hand. Pay to play is one of the most ridiculous things ever.

    • Elmagio

      Thing is, people actually find this acceptable... As long as EA and others still make shitload of money just by screwing the gameplay as much as possible, they'll keep doing it.
      Mobile games have taken a turn for the worse. At this point I'm just hoping it won't come to console games too quickly...

      • Blaine Magee

        They are "training" the newest generation of gamers that it is the norm, which just worries me. I think console/pc gaming will be harder to sell on microtransactions. I know for a fact I won't be doing them however that being said I seem to be a sucker for "season passes" for DLC, which is almost just as bad.

        • Elmagio

          Depends on the DLC, really. Pay to play means you have a shitty gaming experience if you don't invest shitloads of money in it. Pay to win generally means the game was meant to be played in some way, but they made that way an add-on just to force you to pay.

          But some DLCs, like Left Behind for The Last of Us, Map Packs or others, actually add something to the original game, so I don't see anything wrong with them.

          But yeah, they are trying to make Pay to play the norm. Thankfully, Candy Crush Saga addicts have a long way to go before they come to AAA PC/Console gaming...

  • http://www.androidnews.de Jens Herforth

    Same here #Germany :-/

  • Nathan Borup

    doesn't support any of my devices.... including the nexus 7 2013?

    • HellG

      I think its just not available in your region yet.

    • Sean Lumly

      Neither mine. I have a Nexus 10 and a Nexus 7 2012. I am also in Canada. Hopefully it is a region specific problem, and support will be forthcoming.

  • igbacardi

    Not available in spain :/

  • WhoaManWtF

    It is actually really fun, I went and found the APK since it is free anyways I don't consider that pirating.. Only thing that sucks is I can't buy the started pack, it doesn't let me :(

    • IAPsAreGettingRidiculous

      Good, you shouldn't support this terrible business model. People like you are ruining mobile games.

      • IrishSid

        It'll never stop now mate, not until a better way to screw us over comes along. This is now a widely accepted business model, so either take the chip off your shoulder or give up gaming.

      • WhoaManWtF

        It's time to give up that one mate, at this point it is a losing battle.. This particular game is very fun and the starter pack seems like a pretty good deal all things considered. I used to pay 60 bucks for a game so if I drop 5 bucks in IAPs and end up playing for just as much time as I did the games I used to buy outright how am I losing?

    • SlasH3R

      link ?

      • WhoaManWtF

        I can't link it sadly due to the fact that the site I found it on contains actual pirated software and I am against that.. But you should be able to find it with a bit of searching.

  • MrHanMan

    I've been playing the iOS version, and it's really good. The IAPs are a little on the excessive side, but aren't required to progress. They just make you wait for gas to refill and upgrades to your bikes take time. You can actually set the time forward to bypass the wait, if you like.

  • Pandawongs

    Can't download in Sweden

  • Jeff Moreira

    Either not compatible with Nexus 5 or not available for download in UK :(

  • arturodelac

    Can you share the apk?

  • IrishSid

    Anyone know where is it available? I'll switch region and upload the apk

  • Otso

    Available in Finland! :)
    I've been playing it for a couple of days now, and the in-app purchases are not at all disturbing. You can easily play it without paying anything.
    What annoys me a lot, though, is that they spam you with messages about signing in to Uplay. I HATE Uplay.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Finland and India, Check out @TrialsGames's Tweet: https://twitter.com/TrialsGames/status/463641664662159361

    • WhoaManWtF

      Why the hell would you soft launch a game in India...

      • CERN

        Why not?

        • WhoaManWtF

          Seems like the majority of users with gaming capable devices would be in other places... At least judging by the hardware releases I have seen posted for India.

          • CERN

            Nah man! You're mistaken, everybody an their mum's packin' good hardware.

          • WhoaManWtF

            Oh really? Nice. I was just judging based on the exclusive hardware I had seen in the news released in India.

          • Mr.BumScratcher

            People usually import through other channels, and everyone's got a cousin or an uncle working in the us, they brings gifts like my 2nd gen N7 and N5. One of friend's got a Google glass, lucky prick that he is,

      • primalxconvoy

        Because there are many devs in Finland and India?

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Also the game has a play store license check, so don't even waste you time looking for the apk like I have for a week.

      • sy

        Download the apk and sideload and use lucky patch and remove the license verification and it it should work. It worked for me here in the US on a Nexus 5 rooted

        • wolfkabal

          Just force-closes on me after lucky patching - when trying to download extra data at the start. Guess I'll wait for the US launch.

  • DavidGLamb

    The IAPs are a little on the excessive side, but aren't required to progress. They just make you wait for gas to refill and upgrades to your bikes take time. You can actually set the time forward to bypass the wait, if you like. http://sn.im/28wjrxn

  • Spasillium

    Just downloaded it here in the US. If you have APK Downloader for Chrome by lekensteyn, you can download it that way and bypass the region restriction.

  • Nick Yarosz

    "Trials Frontier is now available for Android in India and Finland in an early release, soft launch program. If you live in one of those two countries, please go give the game a try now and tell us what you think!"

    Source: http://www.redlynx.com/games/trials-frontier

  • PetrG

    Currently it's in India & Finland at least this is stated on official FB site https://www.facebook.com/trialsfrontier.game. Hope it will visit rest of the world soon :)

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    available in India...

  • IrishSid

    Here is the apk. Going by most of the reviews they looked indian, so switched region to them and downloaded.


    • IrishSid

      Using a note 3 by the way

    • Zaatour36

      Testing for Note 2, got splash screen and freezed...

    • primalxconvoy


  • Mayoo

    Canada here, says I can download but not compatible with Nexus 5 nor Nexus 10.

  • Mohamed Sayed

    says This app is incompatible with your device

  • HugePotato

    Honestly I find pirating games like for example xcom bad, modding this shit and screwing IAPs is only thing to do.

  • CERN

    Next Possible Batch of IAPs:
    1. Need to buy fake motorcycle.
    2. Buy a fake helmet.
    3. Pay fake driver license fees.
    4. Follow traffic rules, else pay fake fines.
    5. Pay fake mechanic to fix the damn bike.
    6. Pay fake taxes.


  • Aman Yajurvedi

    @IrishSid:disqus How do you change the region on your phone?

    • primalxconvoy

      You don't. You just go to "aptoid", usually.

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    Incompatible with Galaxy S2?