Check out my latest skateboard.
You’ve seen the one at the top before. The one on the bottom is my brand new one and I’ve already logged several hours of intense skating on it.
I know. It doesn’t have wheels. But it doesn’t need them.
It’s actually the controller for a really cool video game.
As you can see, the skateboard that comes with this game is the same shape and size as my actual board. It’s comfortable and feels quite natural to stand on and ride.
The game looks gorgeous. The characters you can skate as are life-like, the moves are realistic, and the scenery is amazing.
I really like how easy this game is to pick up and play. You don’t need to know anything about video games or skateboarding. You can simply hop on the board and start playing right away.
There are great tutorials in the training mode that teach you how to pull off dozens of tricks.
There are four modes of steering that you can select as well. In the first mode, you don’t have to worry about steering. You follow along a lighted pathway and you can choose to branch off and connect to other routes as you progress through the various levels. This helps you to learn to pull of the various tricks without the pressure of crashing.
Once you get good at that, you can switch to three more difficult modes that slowly let go of any of the steering assistance.
As you can see in this picture, you control the game by lifting the nose or the tail of the board into the air. You can lean to turn. You can do spin tricks by actually moving the board to the left or right while it is elevated. You can do kickflips by tilting the board while your character is in the air.
As you play through the levels, you can unlock all sorts of new environments, characters, and goodies.
There is a party mode that allows you to take turns pulling off specified tricks, racking up the most points you can, and several other challenges. This is great if you have a bunch of people over.