I know you are thinking that as Motocross Madness is a bike game from the late 90s it has probably aged pretty poorly. Well, I can tell you right away that there is a kind of charm to this old-school bike racer that many modern games simply cannot match. Sure, it is basic as hell by today's standards, but this is a game that is a fun time and while it may not have a lot of staying power, it is great for short bursts here and there.
Let’s Get Muddy!
For a game that was released in 1998, Motocross Madness has more than enough game modes. You have the Stunt Quarry, Baja, national and Supercross modes to play through. The main game mode where you try to prove you are the best motocross rider around by winning races is your typical fare than you would expect. The other game modes are a nice distraction and are probably what you will spend the majority of your time doing.
Hitting The Jumps
Part of the reason I feel this game holds up is that it is so easy to play. There is a decent selection of bikes for you to use and a ton of tracks as well. Most of the backgrounds look the same, but each track has its own layout. The game controls well enough and I would say that it leans more towards the arcade-style of racer than it does sim. That is fine with me though as it makes this a game that is very easy to pick up and play.
You can play with the keyboard well enough which is good as from what I can tell, this is a game that is very finicky when it comes to using certain controllers so that is something to keep in mind.
For a game released in 1998, Motocross Madness goes all in with the customization thing. You can customize your rider in many different ways. You have lots of options at your disposal when it comes to tinkering with your bike. Best of all there is a track editor that allows you to come up with some pretty crazy motocross tracks. I tried to make one that was all jumps. I thought it sounded like a great idea, but it did not exactly work out how I thought it would. Those who love to mess around making stuff in games will have a great time with this.
Remember in the 90s how it was all about having that 3D accelerator card or whatever you like to call it? Well, that is the case here. I know that the graphics are nothing to brag about by today's standards, but at the time this level of 3D in a game, especially a motocross game like this was a pretty big deal. It moves fast and looks pretty decent too so I have no complaints about the visuals apart from the fact they clearly show their age.
I know a game like Motocross Madness is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I was surprised by how much fun I had with this. While it is very shallow in comparison to what we have these days in regards to motocross games. I feel that the fun factor is pretty high here and it makes this the kind of game that is ideal for fire up if you are looking for something quick, easy, and most importantly fun to play for 30 minutes or so.
- Overall, this is a much more fun game than you would think
- I liked how many different game modes there were
- The game has a kind of arcadey feel to the controls
- Doing tricks is cool
- You can customize lots of aspects of this game
- It is very basic in pretty much every regard
- It sure as hell looks like it is a game from 1998!
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode