Trials Frontier, the mobile version of Ubisoft’s bike game Trials Fusion for Xbox One, Playstation and PC, is already a phenomenon. In less than a week, the game attracted more than 6 million iOS users.
While the game is completely free, you need to buy in-app purchases if you want unlimited play. If you’re already hooked on Trials Frontier and want to progress quickly without having to dip into your pocket, follow these 6 essential tips.
If you fall, restart the race from the beginning
This is probably the best piece of advice you’ll hear about Trials Frontiers: when you fall, rather than restarting from the last checkpoint, you can restart the track by pressing and holding down the arrow at the top right
In other words, checkpoints are useless. By starting again from the begging, the timer is automatically reset. Another advantage is that you don’t have to pay the gas tax required for each race. There’s no secret: to get a good time, try to finish every race without falling.
Only time counts; style is secondary
Aerial acrobatics are only useful when you’re asked to perform them. The important thing is to cross the finish line as quickly as possible and to pass through all the intermediary points. On the other hand, if you’re feeling like Travis Pastrana and your air time allows it, then there’s nothing stopping you from combining business with pleasure.
Leaning forward, the key to overcoming obstacles
This may seem obvious, but it really is key to becoming a master: weight distribution on the bike is crucial. That’s why in many situations, you need to shift your character’s weight to the front of the bike at the right place and the right time.
Although there are only 4 buttons to control your 2 wheels, the laws of physics are fairly well respected. To pass over vertical walls, you need to give yourself momentum by shifting your character’s weight forward.
Press and hold over the item you want
After playing the game for about a hour, one of the characters you meet in the village saloon gives you an unbeatable tip: press and hold on an item to increase your chances of winning it when you’re spinning the wheel at the end of the race.
This technique is only effective when the girl tells you about it. You should be able to do this from about level 6.
Spend your money at the right time
As with many free-to-play games, one of the developer’s techniques to get you to buy credits is to make you wait. To avoid this inconvenience, only upgrade your motorbike at the end of the game.
After each upgrade, you’ll wait longer and longer before the opportunity for the next one comes along. The trick is to upgrade before closing the game. The next time you login, you’ll find your bike tuned and ready to go.
Prioritize the boy’s missions
Continuing with the upgrades, when you see a mission suggested by the small boy who loves acrobatic flips, accept it. These missions help you build a new bike using the blueprints you collect, and of course, this is an essential step if you want to progress in the game.
By following these invaluable hints, you’ll be able to play Trials Frontier for several hours without having to dip into your pocket.
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