Snowboarding The Fourth Phase Review

Snowboarding The Fourth Phase Review

Feb 23, 2016

So… to give this review some context, I should mention how hard it was to procure the app itself.

Now usually, when we test games, it is a fairly seamless affair, but for some reason, Snowboarding The Fourth Phase did its best to elude our grasp. It took a bit of working with the developer, and we finally got it.

We’re happy we did.

It’s a snowboarding sim, blessed with glossy graphics and groovy sounds. It plays out in landscape, which is the perfect setting to highlight aforementioned graphics, which include life-like movements, visual treats and multiple play views. The different snow-laden sites render well, and the developer does a good job of spending time on the little things.

The gameplay is varied, but decently portioned; there are three modes one can get into: one can do a “Contest” for a limited time, do a “Quick Run” for, well, quick rewards or go all in in “Career.” The game has a built-in tutorial that walks one through the game, including controls and how to be successful.


The controls are fairly easy to manipulate, allowing one to perform point-garnering tricks. Regardless of mode, a run typically involves a set of tasks one must complete while going downhill… stuff like doing a specific trick, or collecting flags and the like. In career mode, one has to complete a given set of tasks in sequence to open subsequent missions/levels, and doing well yields coins, which can be used to procure better equipment. Better equipment is important, because it’s the easiest way to increase one’s score multiplier quickly, and some levels have multiplier requirements.

The contest mode is especially interesting, as it allows one to compete against other racers for prizes. The game has a trading element too; real cash can be used to expedite stuff, but isn’t mandatory.

All the elements tie in to each other in a mostly seamless manner, and in such a way that pieces rely on each other and te game is self contained. It brings in a lot of complexity and encourages creativity, but avoids complicated menus and overly intricate controls. Due to this, the game should appeal to snowboarding vets and newbies alike.

Proof that great things do come to those that have patience.

Snowboard Party Launches on Google Play

Snowboard Party Launches on Google Play

Dec 11, 2014

RatRod Studio is launching extreme sports sim Snowboard Party to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Snowboard Party brings the thrill of snowboarding to your mobile device! Get ready to ride down the slopes at extreme speed and catch some big air to perform the craziest tricks in 15 completely unique adrenaline-filled locations. Jump on your board, learn new moves and improve your snowboarding skills to land sick combos and rack high scores!

Play with your friends using the new online multiplayer mode or challenge riders from all over the world using the online leaderboards. Complete over 75 level objectives, 15 achievements, gain experience and upgrade your favorite snowboarder attributes to perform better and achieve higher scores. Customize your outfit and upgrade your board to give you an extra edge over the competition.

Snowboard Party includes next generation 3D graphics specially optimized for your mobile hardware to provide you with the best snowboarding experience.
Freestyle is all about the tricks! The rider uses natural and man-made features such as rails, jumps, boxes, logs, rocks and innumerable other objects to perform the sickest tricks!
Go big or go home! Big air competitions are contests where riders perform tricks on massive jumps while going down the slope at high speed.
Perform a wide range of tricks while going down some of the world’s biggest halfpipes. Chain multiple tricks in a row to gain more points and achieve a better score.
Challenge your friends to a snowboard battle and let’s see who can land the baddest tricks! Share and brag your results with your friends on Twitter.
Select between 11 snowboarders and customize each of them to your preference choosing your favorite gear. A massive collection of boards ranging from different sizes and designs are available allowing you to complement your rider’s skills and abilities.
Over 50 unique tricks to master and hundreds of combinations. Follow the tutorial to get started and progress as you go. Execute the craziest combos and trick sequences to rack up some impressive high scores, gain experience and make a name for yourself.
Compatible with most game controllers available.
New fully customizable control system to configure your own button layout. Use the right or left handed control mode, select a control preset or create your own. Use the analog stick or accelerometer option as you wish.
• Supports all the latest generation devices and optimized for high resolution displays.
• Online multiplayer mode to play against your friends or other riders online.
• New fully customizable control system. You can adjust everything!
• Learn over 50 unique tricks and create hundreds of combinations.
• Massive locations to ride including 15 courses located in the Rockies, Alps and Japan.
• Customize your outfit in style!
• Upgrade your board to improve your rider’s stats.
• Play often to gain experience and upgrade your favorite snowboarder’s attributes.
• Share your results with your friends on Twitter.
• Compatible with Android-based phones and tablets.
• Extended soundtrack featuring songs from Closer, Jack Counteract, Minds Without Purpose, Mr. TaBoo Timmons, No Blitz, Paul Spencer and the Maxines, Pear, The Pinz and We Outspoken. Courtesy of Pulse Records/White Knight Music Group, Inc.
• Ability to purchase experience points or special items using in-app purchases.
• Available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Chinese.

Snowboard Party is a cross-platform affair, and is priced at $1.99, with additional in-app purchases available.

[Source: RatRod Announcement]

Snow Spin: Snowboard Adventure Review

Snow Spin: Snowboard Adventure Review

Dec 20, 2013

A disintegrating plane. Scattered luggage. Iced up animals. A snowboard.

Such is the world of Snow Spin: Snowboard Adventure from Android development vet

To understand the gameplay, one must understand the backstory. It revolves around a successful explorer (Professor Headwind), who, in his travels to exotic locations, has accumulated a veritable horde of exciting items. On the way home, an ill-fated shortcut has dire consequences; his plane breaks apart, strewing his property and plane parts on snow covered mountains.

The recovery effort plays out like a downward running game, but on a snowboard. Headwind is controlled downhill, withsnow1 gesture swipes ruling the roost with regards to manipulating direction. Swipes to the left, right and up make him swoosh in either direction, or jump in the air. Such movements are key, because the gameplay calls for various actions to be performed my swiping on a dime to make contact with an object.

The objects that need to be made contact with are essentially tasks, and they run the gamut. Penguins suspended in ice cubes, fish procured from ice fishing locals, luggage, igloo blocks for shelter, and more; usually, there is a set number of pieces that needed to be collected within the allotted time. It is also necessary to avoid the occasional boulder and/or tree that are the perfect run enders. As the game progresses, the reaction time needed to traverse the obstacles and collect items or free things becomes tangibly smaller, as does the margin for error.

For folks looking for an extended playing experience, this game is rated to work with Nvidia Shield console, and also with Moga Controller (though this review did not include these peripherals).

For the extended playing options and free nature, it’s hard not to look at this game favorably, but the gameplay should take care of any misgivings anyway. Well worth a look, and it reflects the season admirably.