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QB Ski
(Alex Knight-Percival)


"Look ma! I'm skiing QB-style!"

Do you have what it takes to go downhill skiing atop six of the world's most beautiful mountains? If you do, then QB Ski is the poison you've been longing to quench your wintry blues.

Strap on your snow gear and leave a trail through each course, while squeezing through the flags and trying to get the fastest time. Need help with your turning skills? No problem. QB Ski's four practice courses will get you back in the game.

Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
If you've played Alpine Ski, then QBSki should hit a familiar note with you. Everything in QBSki is white as far as the eye can see, but even in lieu of that QBSki does come with some pretty smooth animations. There are also some effects, like the trail your skis leave behind, that did not go unnoticed.
Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
N/A You may be able to slice through the snow, but QB Ski won't give you any sound effects.
Gameplay (n.)The precision of control and involvement of character within its universe vv
Average. A lot of the gameplay comes in QB Ski's control, which allows you to control your speed and direction by steering you skier just like real skiing. The idea is to come up with the best time for each of the game's ten courses by passing between flags and skiing downhill as fast as you can.

A nice thing about QB Ski is that you do get to select from ten different courses, but while each course gets you to ski at different speeds and directions, the look of each place is pretty much the same.

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
Once upon a time, you've always wanted to ski. So you ski around the world. That's the story I kinda inferred from QB Ski, but it's a fun one.
Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated again and again
The different courses you get to choose from really add Replay Value to QB Ski. Want to ski in France? I heard the weather in Germany's pretty nice... you get the idea.
Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
Another feature in QB Ski is the advent of Practice courses. Of the ten courses you get to choose from, four of the courses are "practice courses" that allow you practice everything from proper acceleration to good turning. Practice this enough and QB Ski should be a breeze.
Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
A big advantage QB Ski has over the competition is, well, there is no competition. With all the RPGs and standard arcade clones being produced for QB, a skiing game is a rare and precious find. And when you do pick up QB Ski, you realize that the game by itself ain't so bad.
Players 1 player Genre: Sports/Arcade Game
Rating To solve: N/A Final Rating: 13/35

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Installation Tips
wTo run the game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
wTo play QBSki, unzip the file and run "SKI2.BAS" from QuickBasic with the "/l" option.

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