Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 77 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 77
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 77
  3. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. May 14, 2012
    100
    Trials Evolution is really the best Xbox Live Arcade game to date. It is challenging, it is fun and the new courses are brilliant. For 1.200 Microsoft Points you will get a huge amount of content.
  2. Apr 27, 2012
    100
    Trials Evolution is a must-buy XBLA game for anyone who loves racing, physics, puzzles, and addictive competition...with yourself and others.
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    100
    It improves on the original in every way and shows just how a sequel should be done and is as close to a perfect sequel you will get. You owe it to yourself to buy this
  4. Apr 23, 2012
    100
    The way it plays is a measure of beautiful precision and patience, and when you couple the community aspect to the near perfect gameplay, it makes for a package which is one of the strongest of 2012 so far, and we have a feeling that in terms of Evolution, the best is yet to come.
  5. Apr 20, 2012
    100
    In short, every addition RedLynx has made to Evolution serves to bolster the offerings of Trials HD, while continuing to highlight the game's base: a fantastic physics engine that drives a flow that is simultaneously simple, addictive and frantic. Now if you'll excuse me, I have another nine years of mastering Trials Evolution ahead of me.
  6. Apr 20, 2012
    100
    Trials Evolution takes the original's winning formula, improves the presentation, adds new game modes, multiplayer content and caps it off with an unbelievably deep level editing suite, giving the sequel near infinite replay value. Far from a lazy follow-up, or a quick cash-in, Trials Evolution takes a massive leap forward, proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that Xbox Live Arcade releases can hang with the best of them. The clue is in the name, this is a sequel that has well and truly evolved.
  7. Apr 19, 2012
    100
    It's also hard to stop playing Trials Evolution for very long. The action is as tight and demanding as it ever was, and this time around it's such a fully featured and attractive package that you shouldn't miss it if you have any interest in this style of game at all. It's one of the best games to hit a downloadable service in a good long while.
  8. Apr 18, 2012
    100
    Trials Evolution is a complete success. A must-have that refined everything and is so addictive, well-crafted, and comprehensive that we barely made time to write our review.
  9. Apr 18, 2012
    100
    Quotation forthcoming.
  10. Apr 25, 2012
    97
    Overall, Trials Evolution is definitely one of the best Xbox Live Arcade titles available, if not the best. The title improves on everything from its predecessor and goes one step further with the incredible track editor and the addition of multiplayer. Other developers take note: this is how sequels should be done.
  11. Apr 20, 2012
    97
    As the saying goes, "bigger and better", and that's exactly what Trials Evolution is. This is the perfect example of what an XBLA title should be.
  12. Apr 20, 2012
    96
    Trials Evolution is about as close as you can get to a perfect downloadable package. It has nearly limitless potential to entertain gamers, and its addictive properties are unmatched. If you liked the first game, this is a no-brainer. If you were lukewarm to the original, I suggest giving it another go.
  13. May 18, 2012
    95
    If you didn't care for the first Trials, this isn't going to change your mind at all. However, if you fell in love with Trials HD back in the summer of 2009, get ready, because you are about to meet the new love of your life!
  14. 95
    Trials Evolution is fantastic fun. Its simplicity and beguiling depth encourages replay, and the addition of social functions encourages a competitive streak in even the most placid of players. It's the perfect sequel to an almost perfect game.
  15. Apr 23, 2012
    95
    Fans of the original Trials will love the steps the series has taken to move forward while being more open for newcomers to jump right in and have fun with it. It can be a bit frustrating at times though, as the game almost has an old-school platformer feel to it being easy to learn, but very difficult to master.
  16. Apr 19, 2012
    95
    With an intensely addictive gameplay model - the sort usually seen in the likes of Angry Birds - and expertly created tracks and game modes, Trials Evolution is a must-buy.
  17. 95
    Adding up the gorgeous visuals, extra coats of polish, replayability, multiplayer, track editor, and core gameplay that is both artfully scientific and scientifically artful, we'd say Trials Evolution is as close to a perfect download as we're ever likely to get.
  18. Apr 27, 2012
    94
    Still the ultimate test of skill, now with better levels, supreme multiplayer and a game editor. [June 2012, p.86]
  19. Apr 26, 2012
    94
    Trials Evolution is so good that the award for downloadable game of the year may already be locked up.
  20. Apr 22, 2012
    94
    Trials Evolution just might be the best Xbox Live Arcade game out there. There's a ton of trial and error going on, but you'll keep coming back for more no matter what.
  21. May 11, 2012
    93
    Adds speed and fun multiplayer-modes to the already excellent Trials-formula. [May 2012]
  22. May 11, 2012
    92
    Trials Evolution is one of the most complete packages on the Xbox Live Arcade. Were it a full retail release, I'd still have no qualms recommending it. As a cheap downloadable release, it's an incredible reminder of just how good we have it as modern gamers.
  23. Apr 18, 2012
    92
    A great successor to a magnificient game. It reinvents itself and offers an incredible amount of new content that will make the passionate fans of Trials HD smile. The level editor, the multiplayer mode and its huge number of stages, with a very well-made difficulty curve, provide hours of fun.
  24. Apr 20, 2012
    91
    It's super addictive, incredibly fun, and comes off as an extremely worthy successor to Trials HD. If you skipped out on the first XBLA entry for whatever reason, then don't miss this one. It's seriously better in every way imaginable, and it manages to exceed my every expectation.
  25. Apr 18, 2012
    91
    Trials Evolution is pure addiction on two wheels with loads of improvements on the already highly motivating predecessor.
  26. Jun 4, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution truly is the next step in the outstanding core experience from HD, polishing every aspect of an already-fantastic game to a near-blinding sheen, and then delivering something peerless in terms of technical precision and visceral addiction. They don't come better than this
  27. May 20, 2012
    90
    Its brilliant gaming concept will keep you entertained for a long time. Its creativity, its user-friendly environment and humor of the title will captivate all true gamers. If you've been disappointed with couple of AAA titles of this year and if you've been looking for a change, maybe Trials Evolution is the thing you need.
  28. May 14, 2012
    90
    Crazy value for money and impossible to put down. Kiss the rest of your life goodbye. [June 2012, p.55]
  29. May 10, 2012
    90
    One of the games that left me thanking God for the possibility to experience electronic entertainment in its contemporary form. [June 2012, p.72]
  30. May 9, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution is one of the best arcade style racers on any console with tight controls, excellent challenges, full multiplayer options, and an expansive map editor.
  31. May 8, 2012
    90
    Controlling Trials is minimalistically easy. It's all about speed and angle. Mastering it, on the other hand, is challenging to a point of madness. With the large amount of content and the smart online features that it has, it could have been released as a full priced title.
  32. 90
    It's doubtful whether it's ever been possible to get more entertainment for your money than this, and the 1200 MS points will be well spent no matter what type of gamer you are.
  33. May 4, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution, with lot more events, multiplayer online and so on, is the perfect successor of Trials HD. A really funny game that no one should miss.
  34. 90
    Great value, incredibly addictive and fun no matter what your skill level, Trials Evolution deserves to be another multimillion seller for one of Live Arcade's flagship names. [Issue#84, p.102]
  35. 90
    Trials Evolution is one of the most entertaining games you can find in any digital service.
  36. May 2, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution can be really annoying, but it's impossible that you won't like it.
  37. May 1, 2012
    90
    It's a gamer's game. Little in the way of panache or hand holding and very rewarding to the dedicated. Those who can overcome a few technical issues and a steep mastery curve should reeve their engines and pick this one up from Xbox Live Arcade as soon as possible.
  38. Apr 27, 2012
    90
    The guys from Red Lynx made a good decision to keep the game's formula intact. You don't change what's been tested and what works. The base of the game is the same as before, but the amount of changes is big enough to make the game feel more than just a money grab. The title says it all - it's a well-prepared evolution.
  39. Apr 26, 2012
    90
    So finely honed that it should be appreciated by a massive swath of people, from hardcore 2D platforming fans to racing fans to editor junkies to, well, douches who like rap/rock remixes and Ed Hardy tees.
  40. Apr 26, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution remains the best Trials experience available today and one of the best values on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The social competition between friends will continue to rage on long after you've made your way through all the tracks and keep you coming back to reclaim the top spot.
  41. Apr 26, 2012
    90
    From now on, when you search your dictionary for the definition of the word "addiction", Trials Evolution will show up!
  42. Apr 26, 2012
    90
    Evolution's main strength comes from ambition. It's definitely a fully-fledged, weighty sequel. With a superb array of courses, newly-introduced multiplayer and a limitless track editor, 1200 MSP remains an absolute steal.
  43. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    The best XBLA game available today. A wonderful accomplishment that you shouldn't overlook.
  44. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution takes what was great in Trials HD, and expands it in every conceivable way; a wonderful, frustrating, exhilarating, engrossing game that everyone with some gaming skills should at least try.
  45. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    It relieves its predecessor from the position of being the best skill-based game on this platform with honors. And that is a remarkable trick in and of itself.
  46. Apr 24, 2012
    90
    The most important aspect of Trials Evolution is its lasting power. I could play this over and over for a long time without succumbing to boredom. It's all so well-polished and with its continuous updates of playable content, there's no reason not to keep playing.
  47. Apr 24, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution is a must-buy for anyone who loved either THD or any motorcycle racer pretty much ever. It's a blast to play, easier to learn now than before, gives you a lot for $15 and is one of the most replayable games on XBLA even with some rough edges. RedLynx could've just phoned it in with a glorified mission pack and it still would be worth buying, but they went far beyond that and really created something special.
  48. Apr 23, 2012
    90
    With dozens upon dozens of tracks to complete by yourself or with friends both on the couch and online, skill games to break up the traditional track racing and obstacle coursing, and an insanely in-depth, user friendly track creator that should extend the life of the game and the Trials community immensely, the game is a rock solid purchase for the price.
  49. Apr 20, 2012
    90
    Evolution is a must-buy for fans of Trials and it also serves as a terrific starting point for new players. It can, at times, be maddening beyond belief, but the payoff is so worth it.
  50. Apr 20, 2012
    90
    Despite a sweeping range of improvements across the board, the core rhythms are just as entertaining in Trials HD as they are here. But it's in the way that Trials Evolution is explained and developed over its hefty course that pushes RedLynx's latest and greatest far above its much-loved ancestry.
  51. Apr 19, 2012
    90
    We liked Trials HD, and after playing Trials Evolution, we can heartily recommend it to fans of the original. And for those who've never tried Trials before, this is an excellent starting point. Evolution is a wonderful game that's rich with personality (including a surprising sense of humor) and sophisticated gameplay.
  52. Apr 19, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution is one of the best Arcade Games this year. Better and bigger than its predecessor, has a simple but addictive gameplay and too much content to unlock. Good choice for a multiplayer matches.
  53. Apr 19, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution is at the same time a great gaming experience from racing, platform and puzzle genres.
  54. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    Playing against friends or Xbox Live strangers can be entertaining, but the real fun and challenge of Trials Evolution lies in the single-player experience. Even though you may not be facing off against live opponents, the social element of the game does a remarkable job conveying a sense of competition.
  55. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    The quintessential pick-up-and-play party game, especially now that multiplayer has been added. Anyone can "get it" within seconds of grabbing the controller, and the difficulty ramps up much more smoothly than in the original.
  56. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution eclipses the original game, just as a good sequel should. RedLynx really took their time with this one, but it paid off, between some splendid track designs, plenty of replay value, challenging gameplay and one of the best presentation set-ups put into a downloadable game.
  57. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    With a new multiplayer mode, a new type of race for up to four players, a better editor and a giant world where to build our very personal track, Trials Evolution is without any doubt one of the most fun games on Xbox Live Arcade to date.
  58. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    Definitely a must have for every Xbox owner that improves its predecessor in every possible way. Watch out though, it's higly addictive.
  59. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    Trials Evolution is by far the best way to kick off the Arcade Next event. It is a great game with the soundtrack being the online downside.
  60. Apr 17, 2012
    90
    Trials has cleverly adapted to its environment and become even more of an everyman's game. It's still incredibly challenging, but the hill to the hardest levels is less steep. The thrills are more thrilling... Rarely have I played a game that better caters to all walks of players.
  61. Apr 17, 2012
    90
    A masterpiece in physics-based destruction and one of the most entertaining ways to fall out with friends ever devised.
  62. Apr 17, 2012
    90
    It offers simple, one-player gameplay that uses leaderboards to provoke excitement and competition among strangers, and in this sense it has a lot in common with the original Xbox Live Arcade games. The way that it makes its challenging content accessible to a majority of players, however, is what singles it out as one of the best.
  63. Apr 16, 2012
    90
    The ambitious, exacting craftsmanship of Evolution goes a long way to ensuring that every person who gives the game a proper chance will be seduced into becoming precisely such a fan. [May 2012, p.106]
  64. Apr 20, 2012
    86
    Keeping pace with the infectious, obstacle-based hook that made the original a hit while boldly charting new ground with tuned up features and an ambitious outdoor angle, Trials Evolution brings the breadth of its namesake to bear in a well-equipped and enthusiastically realized sequel that fans of the original shouldn't pass up. When it comes to providing an endless loop of frustration, fun, and harebrained antics on wheels, you'll find few other stunt racers quite as hopelessly addicting as this.
  65. Apr 19, 2012
    86
    Fundamentally, this is the same game you played three years ago.
  66. May 5, 2012
    85
    Trials Evolution is addictive. The simple, yet challenging gameplay makes it feel like the Xbox controller is glued to your hands. The extensive track editor adds a piece of tape to the glue, which makes stopping nigh impossible. A worthy sequel to Trials HD.
  67. Apr 24, 2012
    85
    The thrilling rides and engrossing competitions return along with robust improvements in Trials Evolution.
  68. Apr 20, 2012
    85
    Trials HD was already a funny and addictive game on Xbox LIVE Arcade, but with Trials Evolution, RedLynx proves to us that we can make wonderful games with great ideas and little money. And the new features such as the multiplayer mode, the large number of stages and the map editor bring Trials Evolution to the next level. A must have!
  69. Apr 17, 2012
    85
    Trials Evolution maintains the series' signature entertaining and immediate gameplay, adding great features like user-created tracks and multiplayer modes. A great game both for casual players and more dedicated fans.
  70. Jun 18, 2012
    80
    Trials Evolution is basically the same core game as the previous one, but since I love that game I can look beyond that. Although, when it's time to develop a third game, I hope that RedLynx actually can evolve the game instead of just insert something meaningless in the title.
  71. May 31, 2012
    80
    Much like a "new and improved" cereal at your grocer, Trials Evolution successfully makes small improvements to its predecessor to cater to its fans. In that area, RedLynx has succeeded. Anyone who enjoyed Trials HD will no doubt love Trials Evolution. Unfortunately, those looking for something more than "more of the same" aren't going to find it here. As the name implies, this is just an evolution of what came before; it's not a revolution.
  72. May 22, 2012
    80
    Trials Evolution is a must-have for Trials die-hards, and a perfect, comprehensive starting point for the uninitiated.
  73. May 17, 2012
    80
    Its overall challenge is both lasting and addictive. [Issue#122, p.109]
  74. May 15, 2012
    80
    Trials Evolution lives up to its name by offering a better learning curve, visuals, environments and multiplayer integration than its predecessor. At 1200 MS points, this is easily one of the best value Xbox Live Arcade games in years.
  75. Apr 20, 2012
    80
    The multiplayer may be a miss, but Trials Evolution does nearly everything else right. Few superior motorcycle games have been produced this generation, and the game will only continue to get better as players contribute to the level-sharing service.
  76. Apr 18, 2012
    80
    Like Angry Birds, there's a big daft sense of humour behind Trials Evolution. Very much like Angry Birds, the game has got that "I'll just have one more go …" quality that can swallow hours whole. And exactly like Angry Birds, it's a simple premise that only takes seconds to pick up.
  77. 80
    It adds visual punch, improved multiplayer, a better sense of progression (as new licenses must now be acquired to unlock further tracks) and an intimidatingly powerful editor with the potential to punt the game's longevity into the stratosphere. For 1,200 MP this is as unmissable an XBLA title as its predecessor and, while it's not quite an evolution, it's certainly an example of intelligent design.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 253 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 63
  2. Negative: 4 out of 63
  1. Apr 18, 2012
    10
    Just WOW!. although i put down the original Trials HD sometime ago, it didn't put the slightest shadow over my eyes when i heard the Trials Evo was on its way. What an improvement (not that much improvement was required). the bottomless possibilities with the level editor and the 3 hours of fun ive already had re-playing level after level. For 1200msp Redlynx have gone above and beyond.

    - That Rick Guy
    Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2012
    10
    Despite some missteps with the sound design (some annoying sounds from the rider and the stupid soundtrack) , this game is just utterly fantastic throughout. Complete improvement on the original, and the insane amount of options available are still blowing my mind. It looks great for a downloadable title, not as good as heavy hitters like Hydrophobia and I Am Alive but still nice visually. It's also nuts the amount of variety the game has, I'm still waiting for the FPS segment I saw from the trailer. Get this. Full Review »
  3. Apr 18, 2012
    9
    A evolution on the first game - better graphics, better physics, better stages, and now with a nice level editor. If you liked the first game, go for it - the gameplay basics is the same, but improved, addictive and fun. And now we have the option to play on the same screen online or in Xbox live, with 2 to 4 players. The only minor downside is the soundtrack musics that sometimes are a little annoying, but nothing that spoil the fun! My score: 9,0 / 10,0. Full Review »