Vroom, vroom, rotate the throttle, slowly release the clutch, and away I go! Well that's how most motorbikes work unless you are on the motorbike in Cross Motor, it reminded me of StreetHawk, normal speed, and "hyperthrust, cleared and counting: 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...!". First impressions; I fired it up and got to the intro so I thought ok, fair enough, intro is the way he wants to explain himself (and I mean himself, he doesn't give instructions or anything in that part) and why he created the game. When I hit space it told me "Please wait I'm de-crunching" and I thought "this is like a demo?" So I get to the next part, nice effects but again it looked like a demo so I pressed space again, expecting to see the de-crunching message again. But no, it jumped into the game.
After I got my magnifying glass out so that I could see the bike, I proceeded to work out the controls. I press right, and what happens, I speed up... Whay hey! I press space to jump and it jumps but the bike is being dragged back down to earth much quicker than it should so I couldn't anticipate the jumps correctly at first. If you try to jump at the start speed you're guaranteed to crash, so I tried with one speed faster and I managed to get over the jumps (well, three of them) and then I got to a part with what appeared to be platforms I could get up onto. I saw the graphics on the bottom part which I though was a jump pad or something, but nope - it kills you! It would appear you have to go under the platforms, with all those graphics in the background I was obviously distracted.
So, ultimately I died. Ah well, one life down and try again. Err nope, I only had one life. Okay, at least there is some realism here but we are talking about a computer game. I press space to start again, but nothing is happening. Ahhh, I notice on the screen, I need to press shift - excuse me, why shift? Back to the title screen, with that music (no comment but, next time I fire it up, I must remember to choose the "SID Player" since that stops the music and sound effects) and I read the instructions - it tells me the controls there, but no mention of shift.
So I restart and, with all the confusions of space and shift (I know it ain't that confusing, but hear me out here), I try again and I think, "okay, can I press shift to jump?" And I can, so I am now well confused - why the use of shift and space, why not just stick to one?
As i play, it feels like I'm pulling this game down so try to give it the benefit of the doubt and play a bit more. And a bit more. And I'm sorry, I can't do anything but pull this down. If you are at speed to clear the jumps and you get to a yellow smiley (or not as the case may be) face without changing speed, it kills you (because of the up/down timing). Okay, the next try I intentionally slow down and guess what, it kills me again but, to top it all, I didn't even touch the thing! I managed to re-try this game approximately seven times in less then a minute, once you have mastered the whole shift to end and space to restart you can get back to the beginning in next to no time.
I suppose I have to conclude since I have pulled it down quite a bit, there is one word I would use to describe Cross Motor but I refrain from using it as there may be minors viewing this site. So I'll use rhyming words... It is [rhymes with pit, hit, mit].