Skiing Fred Review
Vibrant cartoon landscape.
Unexpected hazards are welcome.
The controls are far too tight.
Problems switching between sprint and jump.
Normal endless runner fare.
Another endless runner that will provide some amusement to fans of the genre, but ultimately lacks the spark to leave an impression.
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If one were to categorise videogame characters based on luck, Dedalord games' Fred would certainly be among those at the extreme bad end of the spectrum. Having survived videogames based on falling while avoiding hazardous ways to die, and running while avoiding hazardous ways to die, we now have Skiing Fred, who must ski down a mountain, while avoiding hazardous ways to die.
This is another endless runner that's graduated from the Temple Run school of gameplay. You tilt the iPhone or iPad to slalom left and right. Tapping the screen will cause Fred to jump, and double jump. Holding down on the screen will cause you to accelerate, which is useful given the Grim Reaper is chasing you. However, the transition between sprint and jump is not ideal. Rather than Fred jumping when you release your finger from the screen, you have to disengage the sprint and tap once again to jump, which can be frustrating.
Also, given all the criticism we give game controls for being too loose, in the case of Skiing Fred opposite is true. The snowboard moves sluggishly across the screen, and, while it's easy to line up coins or swerve around obstacles, you don't have the freedom of movement you might expect as you slosh down the slopes of a mountain.
The game has a very vibrant cartoony aesthetic and atmosphere, allowing you to chuckle at the ridiculous spinning blades of death, pendulums, and acts of nature that seem engineered to ensure Fred doesn't make it past breakfast. Presentation aside, the progression of gameplay similar to that you'd find in any other endless runner title: die; use coins to buy upgrades from the shop; complete missions; rinse, repeat.
We've been saying this a lot with this genre, but it bears repeating: unless you're a die hard endless runner fan, Skiing Fred will give you the pretty much same experience you'd find in most of the competent entries in the genre. If torturing this poor kid is your reason for rising in the morning, than this latest entry in the series will probably amuse. Just don't let the fact that Skiing Fred isn't actually on skis put you off.
DescriptionEnter the perfect chaos of Skiing Fred...
The more dangerously you slide, the bigger the reward! Slide turbo-speed, dodge and drift through Fred's trap-ridden world as he escapes Grimmy Reaper.
- Free-style control system unlike any other game
- Compete and help your friends!
- Customize and gear up your character!
- Massive Cooperative Missions
- Tons of insane vehicles
- Dozens of traps and enemies
- The best Fred Game ever!
- Keep your progress through iCloud
A sequel to Falling Fred and Running Fred, Skiing Fred is an over-the-top action-sports game featuring a unique free-movement system that allows you to take control of the action and perform true skill-based special moves.
Get daring! Get creative! Get an edge over your friends or get them to help you beat massive Challenges destroying any enemies on your way. You´ll be facing of extreme storms, apocalyptic meteor showers and blinding blizzards.
Whether looking to beat a friend's record, complete missions, unlock achievements o get that particular item set collection, Skiing Fred packs a full load of fun for everyone!
Skiing Fred is a universal app compatible with iPod (4th gen and 5th gen), iPhone (3GS, 4, 4s and 5), iPad (all generations) and iPad Mini that keeps progress across all your devices through iCloud!
Visit www.facebook.com/Running-Fred for get cheats, tips and cools stuff.
What's New in Version 1.0.5+ Async Multiplayer Races are here. Challenge and beat your friends!
+ Lots of bug fixes
+ Performance improvements