There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who pledge allegiance to EA’s Skate series of street tricks on wheels, and those who prefer Tony Hawk’s more acrobatic collection of high-flying moves which dominated the industry for maybe too many years. And then there’s me, slowly rocking away in a corner and whispering to myself that Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is a totally fine game dammit why won’t you people listen to meeeeeeeee…
Anyway, there is one other skateboarding game that deserves a ton more love, and that’s Roll7’s delightful OlliOlli pair of trick’s ‘n flips. Taking the action of manuals and flips and keeping it on a strict 2D plane, OlliOlli and its sequel still manage to be tense and fast-paced white knuckle rides that are blisteringly quick and fun to play.
Especially if you nail that one perfect run and score all the tricks, which results in a feeling of the…divine. You can grab OlliOlli on a range of platforms, which includes an additional one this week: Nintendo Switch. Roll7 have bundled up the two brilliant games into one collection, dubbed OlliOlli Switch Stance. It’ll be out on February 14, because nothing is more romantic than failing to land a grind and then finishing a run with your face on the asphalt. NOTHING.
It’s a neat fit for the Nintendo Switch I reckon, as OlliOlli’s aesthetics and style should suit that console’s mobile design perfectly. Two great games from 2014 and 2015, which should give you around a hundred levels to play through, plus OlliOlli 2’s split-screen multiplayer in the form of the Combo Rush mode.
For a price of $14.99, I ain’t complaining either. Especially for a game which boasts a gritty sense of technic that makes it feel like the Rodney Mullen of skateboarding experiences.
Last Updated: January 8, 2019