Biker Mice from Mars PlayStation 2
Published by The Game Factory
Developed by Creat Studios
Release Date: Out Now
We’ve had several ‘kids’ games in for review of late. Some have been good, one (yet to be reviewed) is downright excellent and then there’s Biker Mice from Mars, which is a game that’s not going to live long in the memory. The game allows you to play as three different characters. There’s Throttle the Biker Mice leader, Vinnie the daredevil and Modo the gentle giant. The Biker Mice have come to Earth in order to try and save their planet. Essentially Mars came under attack from the Catatonians. Both the mice and the Catatonians need an object known as the Regenerator, which in the wrong hands can be used as a powerful weapon or for peaceful purposes it can be used to terraform Mars making the planet ideal for the mice. A mouse named Stoker departed for earth in order to obtain the minerals needed to build a Regenerator but he’s gone missing and both the mice and the Catatonians have come to Earth in order to find him. If there weren’t enough troubles for the Biker Mice, there’s also another enemy in the shape of the ruthless Ronald Rump.
Biker Mice from Mars is a mixture of vehicular combat and fighting. When you’re not on a bike firing guns and missiles (and trying to avoid gunfire and missiles amongst other things), you’re taking part in some sort of fisticuffs. It’s certainly an interesting mix; at least it would be if either element was actually enjoyable to play. The vehicular combat is tedious to say the least. The bikes don’t handle that well and the AI of your enemies is rather basic. The fighting elements aren’t any better. The combat system is dull and once again your enemies don’t really put up any kind of challenge. I know the game is aimed at children but even small children will probably turn their noses up at what’s on offer here.
Graphically the developers have gone for a cel-shaded look. We’ve seen plenty of cel-shaded games over the last few years and this isn’t one of the better ones. The character models and various environments you’ll find yourself in all look acceptable. The frame rate holds up quite well, although it would have been extremely disappointing if it hadn’t given the lack of detail on display here. About the only good thing you can say with this area of the game is that you won’t have to struggle with camera angles, which is always a good thing in a ‘kids’ game.
Support for Deaf Gamers in Biker Mice is not that great. The game’s cutscenes aren’t subtitled meaning you’ll miss out on the entire story. Basic tutorial messages that show the controls are shown in text, although there is some tutorial information that is not shown in text. Mission briefings are shown in text and objectives are displayed in text too. These objectives can be recalled from the menu that appears when you press the start button. Key comments from the main characters during the mission are shown in text, which seems a little bizarre given that the cutscenes are not subtitled.
With so many better ‘kids’ games out there it’s going to be a tough Christmas for Biker Mice from Mars. As if the sub-par game play weren’t enough, the game is only a few hours long and the price tag is a whopping £29.99. Had it been £9.99 it might have been a little easier to recommend but we’re talking full price for a game that just doesn’t have much going for it. It’s as dull as dishwater in every department. If your child’s a fan of the Biker Mice, then pick up several books and maybe even an action figure or two with your £30 instead of this game that may be played once or twice and then left to gather dust.
Fans of the Biker Mice would be better off purchasing other Biker Mice merchandise with their £30. At the very least you could wait for this to hit the bargain bin, which should only take a month or two.