The Manic Rider offroad motorcycle can be controlled with the directional keys, but you can also use the Z, X, C, V and B keys for performing in air tricks. These special moves will increase your score. If you need to take a break, you can pause by pressing P. Your final score will be based on the score you manage to obtain through your special moves and the bonus score. When you begin each level, your bonus score will start to decrease from 10,000 to 0. In Manic Rider if you finish the round fast enough, you will get some valuable extra points. Maneuvering the motorcycle over rough terrain can be difficult from time to time, but it won't be long until you will ride like an expert. This game is certainly focused on balance and only a couple of levels require speed. You will get 5 lives in Manic Rider and every time you fall off your bike or into a pit, you will lose one. If you lose all your lives, you will have to start from stage one. If you lose just one live, you will have to start from the beginning of the level.
The advantages that manic rider has over other similar games are its graphics, the unique aspect of the terrain and the great maneuverability of the motorcycle. All these factors make it a very entertaining game and once you start playing it, you won't be able to stop until you get to the end.