May 9, 2011
It must be difficult enough trying to capture the sheer, unadulterated thrill of sliding down a mountain on a board, without then trying to fit that thrill into a device that’s small enough to fit into the average person’s pocket. Still, that’s what Ezone.com have tried with Crazy Snowboarding, and they’ve nearly pulled it off as well.
You control your boarder by tilting your phone left and right, with context sensitive on-screen buttons letting you perform jumps, flips and grabs. The system works well and means anyone picking up the game can be performing ridiculous tricks in a matter of minutes.
Rather than try and create a free roaming snowboarding experience, Crazy Snowboarding is split up into different trials, with completion of one unlocking the next. These trials range from collecting letters and knocking over snowmen, to slalom courses and racking up high scores.
For those who prefer a little less restriction, there’s a free ride option. You’re still constrained to a pretty narrow downhill run, but instead of completing tasks, you can pull off tricks and slide around to your heart’s content. It’s a decent place to practice your skills, as well as try out some more ridiculous trick combinations before trying them out on a proper run.
The overall ambiance can be a little overpowering, full of terminology and visuals that are about ten years out of date, but the game’s still decent looking and it plays well enough to forgive most of its faults. There’s plenty to unlock as well, including new boarders and boards, meaning there’s always a reason for one more go.
Crazy Snowboarding is a fine try at capturing the essence of a sport that, quite possibly, can’t be captured. It’s by no means a sim, but it finds the right balance between bombastic, gravity defying leaps and the simple joy of sliding down a mountain. If you’re looking for some arcadey, snow bound thrills, then this is the game for you.