If you want a fun, easy way to pass the time and enjoy racing games, Solid Rider is the game for you. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Although not technically a racing game, Solid Racer does incorporate many of the same aspects. You guide the dirt bike and rider through a series of levels and stunts, learning as you go along.
The controls are easy to understand, simply use your arrow keys to guide the rider through the levels. As each level progresses you learn new tricks that incorporate the controls you already know. It is possible to learn the tricks early, but they aren’t necessarily of use until later. The main goal is to beat the prerecorded time and not to do tricks at every opportunity. The tricks do help get through the levels, however.
The graphics of Solid Rider are very nice for an independent browser game. However, as the game essentially consists of a side-view, they are limited in that respect. The dirt bike and rider are animated independently of each other, allowing for the rider to fall completely off the bike and sometimes get run over by it. Each crash is hilariously different, adding to the enjoyment of the game.
Solid Rider’s music isn’t your usual Flash Game fare. The music is upbeat and punk-rock sounding. It’s somewhat loud on the main screen, but becomes muted when you start the game itself.
The first few levels are fairly easy to beat, taking only a few minutes. There are checkpoints along the routes where you end up if you die during that part of the level. The game resets your time at the checkpoints if you die. However, if you go back to the main screen, the entire level resets. It’s actually a lot easier to beat the game if you die a few times in the middle because you can’t exactly practice otherwise.
Solid Rider is definitely a fun way to pass the time. You can like the game on both Facebook and Google Plus, although sharing things like scores isn’t possible.