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"More Tony Hawk trick-style skating than you can
shake a stick at"
When it comes to skateboarding,
you're clearly the top teenager in your neighborhood. You know all the
moves, from indy grabbing to some classic 360 spinning. You're also the
top dog when it comes to getting serious speed and altitude. Now, you're
going to need all three of these things because you have to get to school!
Skate will take you
through a "High School" route full of maniacal obstacles and amazing aerial
ramps! Score points by performing tricks while you're flying in mid-air.
Then, perform even more spectacular tricks when your major height gives
you serious flight!
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|One wise QB sensei must have said, stick
drawings make not for high graphics score. Skate's main character is very
well-animated, especially his tricks. But the backgrounds don't look anymore
complicated than anything Activision ever made. It would have been nice
if Skate had a little more detail and some animation other than the skater
too. On the other hand, if you pay attention to just the skater throughout
the whole course, you'll begin to notice just how much effort and framework
made the skater you see possible.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||You can almost kiss the asphalt, but you
won't hear any sound effects in Skate. The trick skating game doesn't come
with any PC sound or Sound Blaster support.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|Happy happy day! Someone finally decided
to make a QB skating game, and Apoky did a good job on the gameplay department.
Basically you play a course that goes from left to right using your skateboard,
some ramps, and a lot of jumping. But it's more than just survival... you're
shooting for the high score and the only way you can receive it is to ollie
into the air and perform some stunts while you're airborne. This becomes
the most entertaining part of Skate, since a lot of skating moves were
put into the game.
My only complaint about the gameplay is
that this great skating game has only one level, making the rush relatively
short-handed. With ollies, backflips, 360 degree spins, and other skating
moves, there's a lot of physics involved, and Skate executes this perfectly.
Now if only they had extra courses, upgrades, and a 2-player split screen
mode... there's a lot of potential here.
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|Hmmm... this arcade game didn't have an
introduction, a text story summary, or any hint as to what the story really
is. There are some plot fragments here and there, but Skate is really more
about the game than the plot. I didn't even see a game ending. Then again,
just completing the course brings the self-satisfaction most gamer's relish
at the game's end.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|This skating game is truly gifted when
it comes to entertainment value. There's stick graphics and no sound, but
the raw gameplay and fun factor of Skate occasionally draws you back because
doing all those tricks can be so addicting. Plus there's new things to
learn, like which ramps allow you to perform multiple tricks, or just how
many time you can ollie and flip sideways before you crash and burn. The
stunt possibilities here are limitless, making it an enticing title to
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|The course has all kinds of obstacles,
including ramps and high jumps. Part of the challenge comes in performing
tricks while you're in the air, but a lot of it is also for the sheer difficulty
of merely trying to get through the course. For example, doing a 360 in
the air just before you hit the ground could cause an awful concussion
if you time it wrong. If you time it right you'll land on your feet and
get plenty of points. Then there's the extra urge to combine tricks for
even more points, but this is even more challenging.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|It's hard to compare Skate to other QB
games because it tries to do something entirely different. Games like 1080
degrees Snowboarding or Tony Hawk's Pro Skater come to mind. But these
trick styling games are in 3D and are made using video game languages far
more powerful than QuickBasic today, and yet Skate is able to take the
same fun factor from these next-gen games and bring in the same killer
rush as you play. Think of Skate like the fun equivalent of a very nice
Game Boy color game.
This is clearly one of Apoky's best games,
and one of the most original games in QB. There are a lot of moves to freestyle,
and you can even combine tricks as long as you're still in the air. The
only thing getting in the way of perfect Fun Factor is the hopes that Apoky
will make Skate 2!
||Genre: Sports/Arcade Game
||To solve: 15-20 min Final Rating: 15/35
To download this game, click here.
you unzip the file, make sure you run "SETIT.EXE" to modify the game speed.
play Skate, run "SKATE.EXE".
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