There are a multitude of things I’m not that great at, Puzzle Games, doing more than one thing at time and…. oh remembering things. But most of all Skateboarding, the amount of time I injured myself attempting the basics when I was younger was just astounding, thankfully the Tony Hawk series came out and I could cut my career short. There hasn’t been a decent skateboarding game for a few years now and despite being sceptical about Touchgrind Skate 2, it turns out that it’s a pretty good game, if you are willing to take the time and master it.
The game begins with a set of tutorials, taking you through how to move around on the board, perform basic Ollies and Grinds as well as how to build combos to get those higher scores. Each tutorial has a video show the finger movements required to pull off the different tricks before getting you to try them out yourself. It’s quite tough to get into but with perseverance you learn to appreciate the timing of jumps and all of a sudden you are starting to try more complicated tricks and bagging some big points. The slightest movement of your fingers really does affect the board and what tricks you will be able to do; those with the patience could get very good at this, much like skateboarding in real life I suppose.
Once my hand had recovered from the onslaught of the tutorials it was time to hit the first the first skate park and see how I got on. As well as ‘My Backyard’ there are two other skate parks, a Car Park and a Factory with a fourth park set at the Docks coming soon. Each is set up with plenty of things to jump off or grind onto so you are never short of somewhere to pull off your tricks. Each of the parks really looks and sounds impressive and definitely has a Tony Hawk vibe to them. Each park has its own set of challenges which keeps the game fresh as well as testing you skill, completing the challenges will unlock items to customise your board. As well as the games own designs you can import your own pictures, just like my MLG board below.
There are plenty of game modes including Jam sessions where you’ll need to chain together tricks to get the highest score possible, there are competitions where you’ll be trying to earn a bronze, silver or gold trophy based on your score and when you are bored of playing on your own you can have a game of S.K.A.T.E in a turn-based multiplayer mode where players try to score more points in 30 seconds. It ties up with Game Centre nicely so you’ll get a notification when your opponent has had their turn.
For those who love to share you can record replays of your awesome tricks and share them with the world via YouTube or email, you can even save the clips to your camera roll. There is a video studio that allows you to compile a series of clips if you have more than one decent video.
I was really impressed with this game; it certainly brought back great memories of playing Tony Hawk on PlayStation. Touchgrind Skate 2 requires some real patience if you want to get really good, but its a game worth persevering with.
MLG Rating: 8/10 Format: iOS Release Date: 19/11/2013
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Touchgrind Skate 2 for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 5 days on a iPhone 5s. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.