As with smartphones, users often expect transformational, new experiences in gaming apps each year. At the same time, if something isn’t broke, why fix it? This is the mindset behind RedLynx’s Trials Fusion game. It’s got much of the familiar we all know and love, but adds futuristic backgrounds and a leaderboard to motivate us to outpace the competition. You still have the races, and there are still challenges to complete before the race ends.

The music, if not the levels themselves, will remind you that you’re in the future: “Welcome to the future. Man. Machine. The future.” Anyone who plays this game for any length of time will hear these words until you tire of them. Still, it’s not the music you want from this game, but the levels and the action itself. You’re still racing against the clock, worried about whether or not you complete the race faster than before – not how perfect your ride is. One downer to all the sights you see in Trials Fusion is that the only thing you’ll do is race down a track; you don’t get a chance to explore the worlds behind the race tracks, something that would make this experience far more entertaining.

With 3D movies and Amazon’s upcoming 3D smartphone, we’re becoming more and more attuned to exploring the world of the screen – whether that be a TV screen, movie screen, or smartphone or tablet screen. We want more interactive experiences, games that merge actual reality and virtual reality. In this regard, Trials Fusion seems like it’s more reminiscent of Sega Genesis’ Road Rash than the latest RedLynx smash hit. Of course, the graphics are far superior to Road Rash, but the 2D nature of it all makes me want more, far more.

Early levels in the game seem to be easy to navigate, and the graphics are excellent. With more advanced levels, however, it seems as if your racer will likely crash – in interesting physical positions, that is. This is where graphics turn a little distorted, and things don’t seem as clean as they do in the earlier levels.

Who can provide a review of Trials Fusion without mentioning the frustration? That seems to be the one thing that brings me back to the game, time and time again: the anger I feel when I can’t win a gold medal or complete the race flawlessly. Of course, to finish faster is better than just finishing, but I always want that gold medal. At some point, I bring myself to the realization that it’s not possible to win that gold medal, but trying is half the fun.

When I’m not frustrated with the game or wanting to kick my Xbox One, I’m competing with friends in the new leaderboard, in Trials Fusion. While I get to see my friends’ finish times at the top of the screen, I want more of an online multiplayer experience. Online multiplayer mode has become such a powerful way to keep gamers interested, regardless of the game. The Real Racing games on iOS are an excellent example of this – updated to provide me with a chance to race friends in real-time, even if they’re away from their mobile device(s). Leaderboards are rather reminiscent of the early days of social gaming. It’s 2014, and we’ve moved past this. Give us an online multiplayer experience, I beg you!

An online multiplayer experience is in testing at the moment, but, in the meantime, you’re allowed to enjoy the multiplayer experience that provides a side-by-side racing encounter up to 4 people with six bike models to choose from. Perhaps the in-person social game nature of it all makes waiting for the online multiplayer mode worthwhile.

Trials Fusion is a game of trial and error, bike crashing, car flipping, and futuristic journeys. If you’re never one to remain content with the here and now, and are a true perfectionist at heart, give this game a try. It may not cure you of your perfectionism, but it’ll provide an outlet for your inner frustrations.

Trials Fusion is now available for Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Xbox 360.