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Skater Review

Skater Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Skater feels like the next bug contender, but it's not quite there yet.

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It Came From Canada: Epic Skater

For all the hate that it gets for being a pastime for slackers, skateboarding really does require a lot of skill. All those flips and spins take real athleticism, and there’s all the jargon to memorize. Fortunately for us less extreme individuals, Epic Skater makes things a lot simpler by handling all that pesky “moving” business. We check out this upcoming endless runner – or skater, rather – in this edition of It Came From Canada!

Epic Skater always starts with its kid hero bursting out of a dusty old classroom to go skate in the big city. But from there, the game randomly strings together its environments to create a slightly different experience each time. Certain sections will become familiar, but changing the order keeps players on their toes, and their toes on the board. The different backdrops are also lovingly detailed, whether it’s the giant “Epicwood” sign or the various restaurants players skate by after emerging from the sewers. And it’s all brought to life in a colorful, fast-paced, 3D cartoon world.

epic skater 1As an endless runner, the only goal is to make it as far as possible without stumbling over an obstacle. But what’s the fun in that? The real goal is to get as high a score as possible using the game’s fairly robust, Tony Hawk-style trick system. Swiping or holding down on the screen in various ways will trigger all kinds of unique flips, spins, and jumps. Players can chain moves together through manuals, or if their timing is really precise, hop right onto a grind rail in the background. The game gets quicker the longer it goes on, and soon players will be leaping over massive gaps at breakneck speeds. They might even start to worry for the kid – especially after watching some of the gnarly failure animations.

epic skater 2Between runs players can use the coins they’ve gathered to upgrade their board, or buy boosters at the start of each round. With real money they can also buy energy drinks to continue a failed run without losing any points. But as far as freemium elements go, that’s pretty inoffensive. Plus, by paying attention to the achievement system players can earn most of the experience they need to take their skater to the next level without crutches.

Currently, Epic Skater is only available in countries like New Zealand as part of its soft launch phase. But expect it to shred its way onto App Stores everywhere soon.

Transworld Endless Skater Review

Transworld Endless Skater Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A little too tricky at times, Transworld Endless Skater is a more true to skateboarding game than most.

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A new game starring Tony Hawk, famous in gaming circles for the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, is coming to iOS.

Tony Hawk’s Shred Session takes after lane-based runners such as Subway Surfers, having players swiping to do tricks in skatepark levels across two different game modes. Six real-world skaterboarders, including both Tony Hawk and his son Riley, will be available. See more about the game in this hands-on video of Tony Hawk playing the game with Hodappy Bird protagonist Eli Hodapp.

Tony Hawk’s Shred Session is planned for this summer, with a soft launch in the coming weeks.

source: Touch Arcade
Skyline Skaters Review

Skyline Skaters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It might not revolutionize the genre, but that doesn't stop Skyline Skaters from being a very enjoyable Endless Runner.

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Pocket Gamer reports that, in a recent video on Bloomberg TV, Tony Hawk has confirmed that another game in the iconic is bound for iOS.

There’s not much else to go on, really. It’s going to involve skateboarding, and Pocket Gamer mentions that the mogul seems pretty “enthusiastic about the project,” but that’s pretty much it. Although it’s a little odd that he thinks there hasn’t been a Tony Hawk game on mobile yet, given that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 has been available since 2010 (and hasn’t been updated in years). Maybe what he really means is that it’ll be the first game in the series that was developed specifically for mobile?

Regardless, a new game is coming and we’ll be keeping an eye out for more details.

Screen shot from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Screen shot from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

source: Pocket Gamer
Skateboard Party 2

Skateboard Party 2

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Skateboard Party 2 is not without its minor flaws, but it makes for an extremely solid and highly enjoyable skateboarding game that will keep players engrossed for hours.

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Tech Deck Review

Tech Deck Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
No finger-flipping goodness here. Instead, players skate to the top through a series of quick time events.

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Grindcore Review

Grindcore Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Grindcore trades tiny wings for tiny skateboards.

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Rad Skater Apocalypse Review

Rad Skater Apocalypse Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This retro-loving zombie apocalypse is high on style but regrettably low on fun.

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Penny Time, the side-scrolling action game by Penny Skateboards Austrailia, has just updated with its first free content update. The new update has added a new mode, accessories, and a new character.

While a new character and accessories need no explanation, the new mode added to the game is a competition mode. In Competition Play, players compete head-to-head with other players from around the world. Winners in the competition will receive one of 15 original 22″ skateboards from Penny. The competition ends in a little over a week. Check out the leaderboards here.

Penny Time is a skateboarding game from the Austrailian skateboard manufacturer, Penny. The game is a side-scroller where the player rides a Penny skateboard in search of points and multipliers while doing tricks. And to add the the fun, the skateboard has the ability to freeze time! More, free downloadable content is planned including even more characters, accessories and mode.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Games

Extreme Skater Review

Extreme Skater Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The latest extreme sports platformer from miniclip.com is a great summertime diversion.

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Downhill Xtreme Review

Downhill Xtreme Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Not quite SSX for iOS, but close enough.

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Stickman BMX Review

Stickman BMX Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The Stickman Skater sequel has Stickson riding a BMX bike across tons of fun levels - but don't worry he has a skateboard hidden around somewhere...if you're willing to pay.

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Steve Robert, producer of Electronic Art’s Skate It, released May 10, 2010, is a former pro-skater who helmed the development and creation of the game’s port to the iPhone. I sat down for a phone interview with Steve and spoke at length about the game and its subsequent port from the Nintendo DS to the iPhone. Steve provided us with much insight on the game’s development and how it came to fruition on the iPhone.


Jason (148apps) – First of all, thanks for putting time aside from your busy schedule to talk with me. I’m stoked to be speaking with you. For people who aren’t familiar with you, what’s your background and how did you get involved in skating?

Steve Robert (EA) – Well, I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, which is a coastal town in Southern, CA and, probably as early as 6th grade I got immersed in the culture of skateboarding. It was a very popular hobby in my neighborhood and I had a bunch of good friends who were all into skateboarding. We kept pushing each other to learn and get better and then it sort of evolved as some of my friends, like Jason Lee, who’s a good friend of mine, went on to become a famous actor, was the first of us to go on and get sponsored and turn pro. I skated with him all the time and he got me sponsored by the same company he was. From then on, I started entering amateur contests and then we shot a video in 1989 called Rubbish Heap and everything just unfolded from there. I was attracted to the culture and it was fun learning tricks and being competitive with my friends and progressing in the sport.

Jason (148apps) – It’s easy to hit a plateau if you don’t have people around you who you can learn from.

Steve Robert (EA) – Yeah, absolutely. I think being surrounded by people like Jason Lee, Ed Templeton, Mark Gonzalez and the older, big pros, they all came from Huntington Beach and we would all gather at night at Huntington Beach High School or these schools you see in all the videos, while others were out partying, we would be spending our nights skating at the schools together and you just kind of get obsessed with it. It was everything I did until I graduated high school, it’s all I really cared about. Skating was just kind of a sub-culture because it wasn’t as mainstream back then, as it is now.

Jason (148apps) – How did you come to get involved in developing Skate It?

Steve Robert (EA) – Well, I’ve been working in video games since 1997. I slowly got out of skateboarding and went to college. When I graduated from college, I got my first job at Interplay in 1997. I found it interesting because the culture was very similar to skating in many ways. It’s obviously less physically active, but the people were the same.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 Review

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
After a decade, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 has been successfully resurrected as a port for the iDevice. While not perfect, it’s a successful, faithful port of the hit console original that fans of the game, new and old, will enjoy playing over and again.

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Vans Sk8: Pool Service

Vans Sk8: Pool Service

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Vans SK8: Pool Service is a skateboarding game for the iPhone and iPod touch that simulates a pool session with Bucky Lasek or Omar Hassan. Shred with the big dogs in this long-awaited app.

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