Free Rider

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Free Rider Instructions

Accelerate using the up arrow key. Brake using the down arrow key. Lean back on the bike using the left arrow key. Lean forward on the bike using the right arrow key. Change directions using 'x'. Draw lines by clicking with the left mouse button and dragging the mouse to form the line. Draw continuous lines by holding down 'shift'. Place stars by clicking with the left mouse button. Move the camera by clicking 'ctrl'.

Free Rider Walkthrough

Free Rider is an excellent BMX game for anyone who is tired of playing variations of the same BMX games and is looking to try something different. It's also a great option for someone who isn't satisfied with the level of challenge the other BMX games online offer. Instead of giving you a pre made track and asking you to meet the goals set in place by the game, this one gives you the chance to let your imagination run wild and create a track of your own. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you want with only limited effort. Everything is laid out in a very straightforward, easy to understand way so even those who are new to the genre will be able to figure out how to play.

Basically, you start out in Free Rider as a little guy on a BMX bike. There is a tiny little stretch of track beneath your bike, but where you go from there is entirely up to you. Start by clicking on the pencil icon on the left side of the screen (it's the icon at the very top) and start drawing your track. The only real limitation to designing your track is that you're not able to draw curves. Aside from that one little issue, you can pretty much do anything you want. To move the camera angle you can either click the 'move' icon (fourth icon down from the top) and click and drag the screen or you can hold down 'ctrl'. There really isn't a space limitation that I've seen, but remember, in order to complete the track you'll need to ride the whole thing. Once you have your track finished, you can choose to add an additional level of difficulty by placing stars that you need to collect. Click on the 'star' icon and place them anywhere along your track. When you're done, press the 'play' icon (sixth icon down from the top) and try out your track.

Controlling your bike in Free Rider isn't really all that different from controlling your bike in many of the other BMX games online. The only feature you might not have encountered is the ability to change directions while you're riding. There is no time limit so you can ride back and forth on the track as many times as you like, assuming you don't crash. Use the fact that you can switch directions to make your track more exciting. With a little imagination, you can make several layers of track using walls and ramps. Play around while you're designing. Explore different options. If you aren't happy, you can always clear the track and start over or erase what you're not happy with. Challenge yourself to come up with something really interesting and above all else, just have fun with it.

How difficult it is to complete the track you create in Free Rider will depend entirely on how difficult you made your track. This is a great benefit and is the reason this game is so appealing to such a wide range of players. A common complaint among most BMX game enthusiasts is that it can be hard to find a challenging game once they have a little experience. Because you have the ability to design fairly complicated tracks in this game, you can make it as challenging as you want it to be. Consider what you like most about other BMX games you've played when you're designing your track. For example, if you're a fan of steep, challenging hills, throw in lots of them. If you like gaps, throw in a few gaps. If ramps are your thing, put as many ramps in as you'd like. It is entirely up to you. Newcomers to the genre, on the other hand, can design a more simplistic track allowing them to get the hang of the controls they'll be using in most of the other games in the genre. This makes this game excellent for practice and building skills. As you get better, you can make the game more difficult. If there's a specific aspect of BMX games you're having trouble with, you can design a track full of that obstacle allowing you the chance to get more familiar with it and learn the best way to deal with it.

Regardless of whether you are a newcomer to BMX games or an experienced player, Free Rider is not a game you should pass up. The fact that it allows you to be genuinely creative while desiging your track is only one of the many things that makes this game so appealing. Once you have the track built, riding the track is every bit as fun as it would be with most of the other BMX games online. You'll need to balance your bike as you ride over the obstacles you've created just as much as you would in any other game in the genre. The fact that you created the obstacles yourself only makes it more entertaining. Use it for practice or use it to put your skills to the test. This is a game every fan of the genre needs to play at least once.