Review: Urban Trial Playground (Nintendo Switch)

This new installment of the stunt bike racing series is moving the action from city streets, straight to the sunny and colorful beaches of California, mixing in even crazier tricks, flips, and combos than ever before. It’s a game of speed, balance, and style!


  • Crisp detailed graphics.
  • 2.3GB Download size.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Decent soundtrack.
  • Bike trick score chaser gameplay like Trials.
  • Customise- Bike and rider options.
  • Unlock levels and bikes by collecting stars (doing objectives).
  • Two players local MP support.
  • Challenges and chips in each level. Optional, Chips are the collectibles.
  • Five stars to earn in each level.
  • Best score is shown for each level.
  • Decent controls- Front/rear brakes, balance, wheelie are all easy to pull off.
  • Instant restart button.
  • Levels have checkpoints.
  • Online leaderboard support.
  • Cool animations.
  • Varied levels from Mansions to beaches to motorways.
  • Combo counter.
  • Easy to get into.
  • Just one more go mentality.


  • No touchscreen support.
  • No move list for reference.
  • Limited tricks.
  • Levels begin to feel the same after a while.
  • No controller options.
  • Performing jumps is sloppy.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


Building upon the previous games, Urban Trial Playground elevates the game even more by having you play/explore the world in a better way, The beach levels, in particular, look fantastic. It has the same rewarding trick system and adds a lot of replayability to the missions and collectibles. I find its only fun for a few hours then it all just feels like the same level over and over and lacks the final surge, Still it a great fit for Switch and will entertain you for a fair few hours.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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