Ski Safari 2 Slaloms Onto Google Play

Ski Safari 2 Slaloms Onto Google Play

Sep 30, 2015

Ski Safari 2, the sequel to the popular Ski Safari is now available on Google Play.

Escape from forces of nature and team up with friendly animals as you race down the mountain!

* Will you play as the intrepid Sven or his lovely sister Evana? Will you use skis or a snowboard? Will you ride a snowmobile, a motorbike, or something a little more crazy?

* Perform tricks and hit the mountain in style! Pull off 360 spins, handstands, snowboard nose-grabs, and strike daring poses – each animal has their own stylish moves!

* Play head-to-head multiplayer with your friends and family! Who will be king of the mountain? Pick up powerups to hurl snowballs, flip your friends’ screens upside-down, or pull a penguin out of your pocket for that quick escape!

* Collect coins to purchase new gear, crazy costumes and powerful vehicles in the shop! Isn’t it time you thought about that gold sled you always wanted?

* Take photos of your epic moments and share them with the world! Set up an amazing photo opportunity and spin the camera around for that perfect shot – all in glorious 3D!

* Three exciting locations are waiting for you to explore…

PENGUIN PEAKS

It’s the snowy slope we loved from Ski Safari, but it’s had a Mammoth makeover! Find the frozen Mammoth inside a cave and try to tame him. Or grind across the cables of the after-hours chairlifts. And best of all, grab a snowmobile and pull off epic jumps once more!

JURASSIC LARK

It’s about time. A jurassic jungle full of prehistoric pals like the Pterodactyl, the Woolly Mammoth and a baby Ankylosaurus. These ancient animals have a dino-mite plan for our intrepid stars! Race against the “Lavalanche”, slide along vines, or just go crazy performing tricks as you try to avoid rocks, stalactites and pools of molten lava!

TWISTER CANYON

Perhaps the gentle rolling of the tumbleweeds is more your pace. Unfortunately, they didn’t call it Twister Canyon for nothing. A fierce twister is headed straight for Sven and Evana! They just can’t catch a break, can they?

Here you’ll find an assortment of ragtag rapscallions including Sheriff Yeti, Chief Penguin, and even an Armadillo! Ride in a mine cart, hop on a rickety railway, grind along a telegraph wire or watch the Yeti play the piano! It’s how the wild, wild west was meant to be.

It’s available for free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Ski Safari Adventure Time Review

Ski Safari Adventure Time Review

Dec 12, 2013

Ski Safari Adventure Time brings back Cartoon Network’s Jumping Finn Turbo, going up against the nefarious Ice King in this skinned version of the endless runner Ski Safari.

Finn has allusions to being a championship downhill skier, or so it will feel in this one. The playing area is downhill, left to right, with windy, bumpy, snow-covered slopes. There are boulders embedded in snow, presenting ever-present dangers up front; behind Finn’s back is his nemesis, the avalanche-surfing Ice King.

The gameplay starts with Finn’s trusty canine companion Jake dashing in to warn his sleeping friend of the thundering danger. Finn starts the downward journey on his bed, and it goes, uh, further downhill from there. The aforementioned rocks are best avoided by tapping the right post of the screen to jump. Further to that, for those feeling especially funky, backflips can be performed by manipulating the left part of the screen. Careful though; stunts do earn bonus points, but face-planting can be disastrous.2013-12-12 07.20.24

This is because the whole point of the game is to travel as far as possible, collecting collectibles and upping high scores by avoiding being caught by the raging snow. There are plenty of helpers and interestingly themed characters: bananas that double as surfboards, riding dogs and objects that give flight over periods of time. The slope gets sharper, and game speed picks up over time, and collisions and crashed landings burn up helpers and/or upend and stop Finn. The latter is especially bad, as the run ends when the snow overtakes our hero.

The game also uses an updating lists of quests, like traveling a set distance with nothing but the hiney, or using a particular tool to travel through a particular area. There are arcade elements like gold, magnets and boosts as well.

Fans of Adventure Time will like the familiar artwork and the characterizations. Finn and Jake are their usual misshapen, adorable selves, and the game incorporates coloring that works if a little subdued. The gameplay is not the most sophisticated, but that also lends to the built-in charm. The unending action is what makes this one so engaging, and it will be worth multiple looks… and runs. It builds upon a great game and at the very least that can be admired.

Ski Safari Review

Ski Safari Review

Aug 13, 2012

Endless runners are en vogue, but what about endless skiiers? Why aren’t they a wildly-imitated method of transportation in endless games? It seems like a natural fit, with skiing being a downhill activity. Gravity never ends! And neither does Ski Safari. Players control poor Sven, who is roused from his restful slumber by an oncoming avalanche. So, he must ski and keep on skiing, or it won’t end well for him. Thankfully, Sven is quite the adept skiier. He can do backflips in the air, or more appropriately, the player can make him do backflips in the air that increase his speed and points multiplier, because even when faced with oncoming death, Sven is all about style points. Sven is such an adept skiier that he doesn’t even need to necessarily use skis. Penguins? Sure! Ride on the back of a yeti? Go for it! Ride the wings of an eagle? Definitely! Heck, he can even ride a snowmobile, which isn’t really skiing. But Sven’s such a cool guy that he lets the animals ride with him.

The interesting thing with Ski Safari is that despite having coins to earn, and items to unlock, there’s no in-app purchases at all. It’s easy to forget that IAP can really corrupt progression curves, and become about subtly suggesting purchases, rather than making the player carefully consider what they want to do with their earnings.

Interestingly, the game can kind of play itself – kind of. Just let it sit there without touching anything, and Sven will ski for a while, maybe even get the score into 5 digits, if the yetis are favorable. It goes on a bit longer than most endless runners would if left untouched, but then again Ski Safari has no need for bottomless pits.

The rotation can be tricky to handle – sometimes there’s just barely enough room to nail that landing and keep that snowmobile with a yeti and penguin on it from blowing up, slowing things down just enough to make that avalanche seem perilously close. Also, I don’t know if it’s a bug or a feature, but sometimes when riding the eagle and falling from a great height, Sven would just fall straight through the mountain. Game over.

Ski Safari is fun because it’s such a lightweight experience. Just jump in, make a great high score run, don’t feel pressured to be buying upgrades because there’s no way to earn them. There are missions, but these wind up feeling a lot more natural than in many games. This feels a lot more like it’s purely about high scores, rather than about trying to keep the player invested long enough to spend money. It’s nice to remember the true goal of the genre with this.

Until Defiant Development gets smart and adds it in, because hey, we all gotta get paid.