Remember the good old days? Sure you do. Sitting in front of the old living room television set (what’s a flat screen?), wired controller clutched tightly in your sweaty little hands, brow furrowed in concentration as you tried to make the poorly animated guy on the screen hit that jump? Get ready to revisit those golden days of dinosaur-era video gaming, friends, because Skater Boy is like a time machine on a tablet.
Skater Boy – The Basics
Not surprisingly, the premise of Skater Boy is very simple. Guide your little skater dude through a series of levels, each with new and slightly varied obstacles, degrees of difficulty and goals. The controls couldn’t be any simpler if they tried; you have a button to push your board along, and a button to jump. That’s it.
The only thing worth noting about the game controls is that they are much easier to get a handle on when the game is played horizontally. Flip that tablet or smartphone on its side and you’ll have a much easier time; grip it just like you did that controller back in the day, one thumb on each button.
Gameplay and Levels
There are three main objectives to the game. You try to hit all the blue stars floating tantalizingly just above your head or sometimes directly in your path. You try to hit all the trophies, all shiny and golden and sometimes frustratingly out of easy reach. You also try, obviously, not to crash and burn in a bonfire, a tree or a wild boar.
Each setting has ten levels. You start off in a generic, nondescript city. Obstacles include trash cans, random patches of fenced grass and steps. All these obstacles must be jumped.
Next up is a forest setting. Obstacles include bonfires, trees, eerily familiar looking birds and, yes, wild boars. A guy driving what looks like a cross between a Vespa and your grandmother’s scooter pops up occasionally as well. Don’t worry about this guy; he’s going slower than your grandmother and is a very easy obstacle to miss. The birds are easily the most irritating, as they tend to fly directly at you when coming off a jump.
Cities and woodlands too tame for you? Next comes the cemetery level. Obstacles include something that looks like a red hot trident jabbing straight out of hell, the obligatory grave markers and random piles of skulls (those are in every cemetery, right?).
Skater Boy Game Play Video
As you can see, there’s not a ton of variation here. The graphics are pretty much what you grew up on – to the point, fun, cartoonish and not extremely detailed. Responsiveness is great and we’ve only experienced one brief second of lag so far. In short, if you want to entertain yourself or your kids, Skater Boy is a great trip back in time and an excellent way to pass the time. You’ll crash…oh, trust us, you’ll crash…but there’s something innately compelling that keeps you hitting restart, seeking that elusive high score. Of course, if you’re more coordinated than we are (which isn’t difficult) they might not be all that elusive. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a free game with a decent number of levels and cute graphics, and that’s exactly what Skater Boy delivers.
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