Excitebike is controlled by using the keyboard and the mouse. The spacebar is used to set your initial speed at the start of each game. Tap the A and S keys to gain speed. Use the arrow keys with the A and S keys to perform tricks. Use the mouse to interact with the game's menus and to select how many trucks you want to jump in Daredevil mode.
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The original Excitebike was created by Nintendo and released in Japan for the NES (known as the Famicom in Japan) in 1984. This classic game was released in the United States as a launch title for the NES in 1985. Excitebike spawned numerous sequels such as Excitebike 64, Excite Truck, and Excitebike: World Rally. This Flash version of Excitebike pays homage to the classic game and uses the same sounds and graphics, but has different controls and gameplay mechanics.
The original Excitebike featured two game modes: Selection A where the player raced solo, and Selection B, where the player raced against CPU-controlled motorcyclists. Excitebike was also one of the first games to allow players to create their own levels with is Design Mode. The Japanese version of this classic game allowed players to save their tracks using the cassette peripheral.
This Flash version of Excitebike differs from the classic game. It offers three modes: Race Game, Daredevil, and Endless. There is no track editor. The controls of the Flash game are also different. You do not hold a button to accelerate nor can you switch lanes. Instead, you must use the A and S keys along with the arrow keys to perform tricks while in the air and gain points (with the exception of Daredevil mode). The more points that you earn, the faster you will go. In Daredevil mode, tap the A and S keys to gain speed, and try to clear the trucks.
If you choose to play the Racing or Endless modes, then you will have to know how to perform tricks. Use the A and S keys in conjunction with the arrow keys to perform tricks during a jump. Try to start your tricks at the beginning of your jump so that you will have time to recover. A full list of the tricks that can be performed and their commands are listed under the instructions menu.
This Flash version of Excitebike is a fun bike game, but it differs greatly from the original. If you just want to have fun, you may enjoy this version of Excitebike, but if you are looking for a version that stays true to the classic game, then you will have to look elsewhere.