Extreme sports games let us experience the world in terrifying ways from the safety of our couch. They might not give you the real adrenaline rush of pulling off an amazing trick or landing a huge jump, but they’re the closest plenty of us are going to get.
But how do you turn a complex sport like downhill mountain bike racing into a compulsive mobile game? You can’t take the skateboard route and let the player poke at the pedals, you need to do something different.
The something different that Bike Unchained 2 does is essentially a riff on the Tiny Wings template. Although with an over-the-shoulder camera angle and far more well-natured dude bros congratulating you when you do well.
You control the game with one finger. Your biker automatically takes the corners that the game throws at you, all you need to concentrate on is the position they’re taking on the bike itself.