Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Ski Jump Pro is a casual sports game with a lot of customizability and depth. The gameplay doesn’t change very much, but the additional features in the app keep it interesting.
The gameplay and controls are very simple. All players have to do it tap the screen at the right time. A circle contracts in the center of the screen at three different moments throughout the jump and the challenge is to tap the screen precisely as the circle is done constricting. There are always three different times tapping has to be done. First is to get the skier going, second is to launch in the air, and third is to land. If the timing is way off then the skier won’t make a successful landing.
The developers took the time to include many levels and other aspects to the game. Throughout the game players earn money that can be spent in a store to customize the skier. The store is very extensive and has a multitude of items. I found that many of the items in the store were moderately priced and could be bought only with funds earned in game. The money can also be spent on training and strengthening to improve the physical attributes of the skier like reflexes and strength.
The main mode is a career mode that will take players all around the world. Judges score players’ every jump and they have to score well enough to advance to the next location. The app also includes other modes, like a quick jump mode.
The gameplay is somewhat repetitive and gets tedious after a while. The circles constrict at different rates and it gets harder to time the taps just right, but it’s still the same basic concept repeated. In this sense, I would definitely classify it as a causal game. Also, it’s not always clear why jumps aren’t perfect. Additional feedback would help players improve and make it so there’s no need to guess what went wrong.
The best aspects of Ski Jump Pro are the customization that players can make to characters, the sheer amount of content in the game, and the straightforward controls. The simple gameplay does get repetitive like so many other casual games, but it is nonetheless fun.