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  • Summary: [Playable on the Xbox and Xbox 360. Available only at Burger King Restaurants from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24, 2006 for $3.99 and the purchase of a BK Value Meal.] Welcome to the wild world of Pocketbike racing where players race the King and his miniature motorbike crew through five fun, yet challenging speedways. Each track varies in level of difficulty and players navigate long straights, tight bends and sharp turns at high speeds while attempting to earn enhancements and tools that they can use to gain an advantage over opponents. Featuring HAVE IT YOUR WAY customization options, players select a bike and a driver and then hit the track of their choice of a BURGER KING restaurant parking lot, a construction site, a backyard, the King's garden or the fabled Fantasy Ranch set. In addition to individual play, four players can race against each other in classic split-screen set-up or eight players can battle it out online using XBOX Live. [King Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Pocketbike Racer is in no way the next coming of kart racers, but as a wallet-friendly arcade game it more than serves its role as an amusing piece of gaming software for the casual audience.
  2. The stop-and-go action, the occasional jumps, and the sheer ridiculousness of what you're taking part in lends every race a manic aspect that elicits more giggles than groans. [Holiday 2006, p.78]
  3. This game is a great value and can be a lot of fun-- online or at home. It's hard to mess up this genre as long as the controls are decent-- which they are.
  4. 60
    The online mode in PocketBike Racer is fantastic...when it works. If you can get through random crashes and dropped games, the title has a nice, robust, eight-player online mode.
  5. Pocketbike Racer is a bad kart-racing game that's often broken.
  6. 50
    Unfortunately, once you remove the lovable Nintendo characters from the formula and replace them with soulless agents of advertising, you've lost most of the appeal. You're left with a slightly disturbing and shameful mockery of what was once a cherished wholesome media icon; sort of like Michael Jackson.
  7. Battle royale effectively spruces up an otherwise dull game, but even this mode isn’t an ultimate savior.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 13, 2014
    10
    Mario Kart. This is the best way I can describe the game.

    It's not often that a game that doesn't cost $59.99 will actually be
    entertaining. Pocket Bike Racer offers impressive gameplay mechanics and some spiffy graphics that any XBOX 360 fan should witness.

    There are many wild characters that you are able to race with, from a burger dude to a giant tasty chicken. You can also modify or create a character of your choice, which is aesthetically pleasing none the less. You will also notice the similarity between Mario Kart and this game; as both are equally gratifying to play. The video clip in the beginning of the game is hilarious and adds to an important factor to why this game rocks. The graphics are impressive with smooth transitions, leaving out slow frame rates. The attack modes are tremendously gratifying, but yet so gracefully accomplished it is truly a site to behold. I would suggest any avid XBOX 360 owner give this game a shot, to beat it fully, in turn delivering a punch to corporate prices. Affordability is the next generation. All hail the king!
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  2. Mar 31, 2014
    9
    I can't believe how much I loved it. It is casual, fun, and simple. I've been playing this with my dad for eight years, and he agrees this game rocks. The only downside is the lack of more maps. Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2011
    8
    This is the best of the 3 Burger King games available. The racing is fun and the gameplay is mildly exciting. I like the ability to create your own character as well. Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2012
    7
    Pocketbike Racer is an enjoyable yet generic racer. It does not do anything new to the racing genre, although it offers many types of game modes for a $5 game. I had fun with it and liked the ability to make your own character. Unfortunately, no one is ever on the online mode so it is hard to play with others online. However, playing locally with friends is a blast. The game was definitely made to be played with friends as it is not as fun when I am playing by myself. For $5, I had a great time with this game and if you find it on eBay or Amazon you should get it if you are looking for a fun racing game for a cheap price. Unfortunately, it is completely unoriginal, but for its price that doesn't matter. Expand
  5. Rem
    Jul 13, 2013
    5
    With the lackluster graphics and unoriginal modes, Pocketbike Racer may be easy to dismiss as an easy cash in but it has some general fun if you're willing to go through some mediocre sections. It borrows from Mario Kart by pitting 8 players in a race where they use special powerups to either reach the finish line or win a battle. It's a nice setup but the controls are just too constricted. Many times I found turning and drifting would be too loose or too restricted. Speaking of too loose, this game has very spotty physics. It doesn't have weight and it can turn some races into frustrating challenges. That said there is some fun to be had. Sparks of the Mario Kart days fill you if you can get the game to work in your favor, but that doesn't say much for a game that is generally plain and blocky. Character designs are outrageous, and the multiplayer isn't worth bothering with. Among the Burger King games, this is the best of the three, but that doesn't mean you should expect a triple A experience even for a $3 game. Expand

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