Billabong Surf Trip Review
- Unique realistic surfing gameplay.
- Realistic wave physics.
- Lots of beautiful international locations.
- Challenging controls; no helpful in-game tutorial.
- Frustrating menus; can only find moves outside of the game.
Billabong Surf Trip's gameplay doesn't live up to the unique and realistic surfing simulation it's paired with, making this a hard game to master and wasting its true potential as a fun sports title.
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For some, the sun, the beach and surfing are practically a way of life; something I'm quite acquainted with living a mere handful of blocks from the home of the international clothing company 'Billabong'. Billabong Surf Trip by Chillingo tries to realistically capture the thrill and challenge of riding a wave while performing tricks to score points as you make your way on a world-wide tour of some of the best beaches you could visit.
To do this you'll need to master Surf Trip's rather eclectic control system, choosing either to maneuver via sticks only or a combination of tilting and sticks. Both systems don't feel entirely solid, but this has more to do with the simulation of surfing itself, with the tilt based controls not feeling particularly sharp or fluid, while the stick controls seem random in their success at pulling off tricks.
Pulling off tricks requires timing and positioning of your surfer along with specific stick movements to generate the move. This would work well if you weren't also at the mercy of a rather large and/or powerful wave that has plans of its own. Those familiar with surfing may find the balance easier to locate, but it has the air of randomness that doesn't sit well when you're trying to complete specific maneuvers to unlock new locations.
The game itself is littered with Billabong branding including unlockable clothing for your surfer and the beach locations are recognizable, if a bit washed out (if you'll excuse the pun), but this is all about the surfing and sadly Billabong Surf Trip just doesn't feel up to the challenge. An interesting alternative title, but not an exciting one at all.
DescriptionON SALE, 66% OFF!!! Enjoy the perfect mix of Surfing Simulation and Arcade Action in ‘Billabong Surf Trip’ the Game. The adrenaline rush begins as you grab your board and explore the world’s best surfing spots on your way to becoming the ultimate pro-surfing champion.
Billabong Surf Trip has won a Zon 2010 Award and is nominee for Best Sport game at the 7th IMGAwards. Thank you everyone for helping to make it an award winning Surf Game!
Experience different waves and master the trick challenges at 11 instantly recognizable locations from the World Champion Surf Tour. Huntington Beach, Jeffreys Bay and Teahupoo are just a few of the visually stunning recreations that await you and your board. Each destination has been recreated with exceptional accuracy and because of the innovative wave simulation system, the game actually recreates the type of waves you find at each location in real life. No two waves are the same!
Get essential tips from some of Billabong’s very own A-team pro surfers including Andy Irons, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, and Tiago Pires. let these Billabong pros guide you on your way to become the world’s greatest surfer!
Paddle out to the line up and drop into huge waves. With 18 unique real-life tricks to master you’ll need use your skills to get to the top. Boost some airs or get barreled to rack up points and achievements!
It’s your surfer so customize and choose from a variety of boards, suits hairstyles and boardshorts to create the pro-surfer YOU want. You will need to use your skills to unlock some of the special items. Will you be able to get them all?
Crystal Leaderboards and Achievements: See how you compare to the best surfers in the world via online leaderboards and achievements through Crystal!
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What's New in Version 1.4The 1 year Anniversary Update!
2 Spectacular new surf spots:
- Mavericks , US
- Snapper Rocks, Australia
iPad 2 resolution fixed
iOS 5 compatible