"Road Champs: BXS Stunt Biking" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2001 by Activision. It is loosely based on the popular "Tech Deck" toy fad which penetrated the marketplace during the time of this title's release. I could not immediately find an age rating for this title but would be able to suggest it as suitable for all ages.
Gameplay is presented as a typical stunt dependent title. The player is required to initially complete a series of "training" stages before advancing to the career mode, but during this period of training will learn the various process required in order to perform the fifty plus stunts which the player has access to. It is a simple title overall with "A" controlling the acceleration of the cyclist and the stunts being performed by pressing various combinations in the directional buttons. After a brief learning curve there is little challenge in the game and can become slightly repetitive as the game progresses; the only requirement of the player is to perform the various stunts and tricks to score points.
The graphics in this title are both hit and miss. Environmental features show excellent detailing and a wide range of appropriate colours which makes for good viewing, but the character itself comes across as slightly pixelated and poorly coloured. The animations of the stunts in action are smooth and well produced, and this could perhaps attract attention away from the poorly rendered character. The audio is of a comparable standard featuring many higher quality snippets and sound effects to enhance gameplay experience.
Overall, Road Champs offers a good play to those interested in the stunt related genre. I did not find it to be particularly replay worthy to me personally but it is likely a fan of this type of release would appreciate it.
Road Champs is a Dave Mirra syle bmx stunt game. With games such as Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and Tony Hawks Pro Skater the game has its work cut out in this genre. There are about 50 different moves you can pull off, by varying bike speed and pressing combinations of A or B and a direction button. However many of these moves (or the main game) cant be accessed until you complete the training sequence which gradually introduces you to the various spins flips and other tricks (some of the require a great deal of skill to consistantly perform). So all in all there is a fair amount of challenge here. The control system is very good, but what really makes Road Champs a worthwhile game is the graphics, in particular those of your character. The competetion gets seriousely good towards the end, although it is all based on single run scores. As long as you persevere through the training, Road Champs is a well put together game, offer a lot of variety in both tricks and parks and in my opinion probably the best of its kind on any handheld