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.

Alto’s Adventure Review

Alto’s Adventure Review

Feb 17, 2016

We’ve been keeping an eye out for Alto’s Adventure.

It’s here. About time.

The game unfurls simply, the basic idea is to corral a bunch of happily escaped llamas. Our environment is very snowy and mountainous, and the llamas are quite adept at running downhill.

This particular llama herder that is our protagonist is quite prepared for lamoid excursions, and has a trusty snowboard at hand. Using said tool, he quickly takes on the speedy (and dangerous) job of overtaking and retrieving the animals, while avoiding obstacles that could otherwise end the recovery run.

The game is especially easy to control; our heroic snowboarder goes downhill automatically, and the main idea, as noted, is to catch up to the llamas and (more importantly) travel as far as possible. The occasional obstacle does appear, and one has to tap to jump over it to continue down the snow hill.

There are a bunch of secondary elements. There are ramps and caverns, and timing one’s jump is especially important. There are also collectibles that line the ski way, including power-ups and gold coins. Beyond that, the game incorporates run-based tasks and leveling, adding to the challenge of the game.


One aspect that is pertinent is how the developer melds the elements. Take the coins and obstacles for instance… they are entwined several times, such that one might risk the one for the other. Also, the game encourages one to do tricks while airborne. The payoff is important speed, but not performing the jump correctly has consequences. The continued push-pull of opportunity costs really makes the game interesting.

The game is a fun diversion; it works well becomes it manages to pack in action into a an otherwise serene experience, and holds it all together with catchy graphics and sound. The downhill system makes sense, and brings a degree of delightful uncertainty to the gameplay. Toss in the excellent artwork, and we get a game that is worth getting addicted to.

Alto’s Adventure Arrives on Android

Alto’s Adventure Arrives on Android

Feb 12, 2016

Alto’s Adventure, a fun snowboarding-themed endless runner from Noodlecake, is now out on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.


• Fluid, graceful and exhilarating physics-based gameplay

• Procedurally generated terrain based on real-world snowboarding

• Fully dynamic lighting and weather effects, including thunderstorms, blizzards, fog, rainbows, shooting stars, and more

• Easy to learn, difficult to master one button trick system

• Chain together combos to maximize points and speed

• Test your skills with 180 handcrafted goals

• Discover six unique snowboarders, each with their own special attributes and abilities

• Challenge your friends. Compete for best high score, best distance, and best trick combo!

• Acquire the wingsuit from Izel’s workshop for an entirely new gameplay dynamic

• Beautifully minimalist and evocative visual design

• Original music and handcrafted audio for an ambient and immersive experience (headphones recommended!)

The game is available for free, and offers in-app purchases.

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.

Crazy Snowboard Pro Review

Crazy Snowboard Pro Review

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 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.