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Snowboard Hero Review

By , on April 4, 2011


Snowboard Hero
  • Publisher: FISHLABS
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Released: 30 Mar, 2011
  • Size: 155.0 MB
  • Price: FREE!
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Unique unlockable characters with distinct styles and upgrades.
  • Six different stages, each with multiple paths to explore.
  • Intuitive control system.

CONS

  • No alternative control schemes for those that dislike tilting.
  • Limited variety of gameplay - characters play similarly, game modes lack variety early on.

VERDICT

While not mind-blowing, Snowboard Hero can be a seriously fun way to kill some spare time as you perform crazy flips off the edge of snowy cliffs.


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Has snowboarding ever not been a fairly cool sport to enjoy? For one, you're essentially surfing on snow, but with the added bonus of being able to grind rails and perform crazy stunts much like a skateboarder. It's hard to be unimpressed by the antics of truly talented snowboarders and the sport has found itself the subject of many arcade sports titles including the latest title from FISHLABS, Snowboard Hero.

After choosing from one of the four currently available characters, players are subjected to multiple stages that test one of five different disciplines (time trial, freestyle, slalom, race and timed gates) though unlocking new characters will present harder challenges in the form of multiple disciplines being tested at the same time. Your reward for success is cash to unlock additional tricks, boards and other customizations and stars that go towards unlocking new characters.

Tilting left or right will steer your character in the same direction and tricks are performed via a combination of holds, taps and swipes on the screen, earning additional points and boost energy to give players that edge on time-sensitive levels. Each character features an individual set of animations, however many of the basic maneuvers remaining very similar making later stages fairly repetitive (especially given the limited amount of levels also available - currently weighing in at six different areas).

Two additional areas and characters are slated for a future update, however the inclusion of more characters without more gameplay doesn't help to resolve the steadily declining replayability of the game. There's a lot of fun to be had initially, but being limited to interacting with other players only via high-score hunting makes it hard to keep coming back for more.

With that said, if you're a fan of sporting titles and snowboarding games in general, Snowboard Hero is still a solid, polished App and well worth checking out.

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