True Skate Review on iOS

trueskate_iconTrue Skate by True Axis aims to be one of the most realistic skateboarding games on iOS. It doesn’t do so in the traditional sense and instead, is a game with quite a unique method for moving your skateboard around. Instead of using a virtual controller or tilting your device to move the skateboard around, you instead use your fingers as if you were in control of a small fingerboard. Your fingers act as “legs” and you perform most moves like you would as if you were really riding the board, but with your fingers. Or at least that what’s supposed to happen.

First, let me just say that the graphics in True Skate are really good. The skate park you start off with looks really good and highly detailed with plenty of variation throughout the whole park. Your skateboard also looks really good and highly detailed. As for the sound effects, I think they sound pretty realistic for the most part.

Now the problem with this game starts with the controls. They seem simple enough where you just swipe your finger down to push the board forward and slide your finger up to turn around. ollies are done by swiping down on the board or up on the top or bottom of the board and more advanced tricks are done by swiping again when the board is in the air. This is where things get tricky. It’s very hard to control the rotation once you start doing more advanced tricks and many times, you’ll find your board face down after. It takes tons of practice to get it right, but even then, the controls can be a bit finicky. If you’re just cursing along, you can control the direction of your board by dragging your finger left or right on it. If you want to perform a grind, just ollie up to the edge of a ramp or pool. It’s usually just hit or miss. The problem with this game in general is that it’s just very hard to be accurate.

Aside from the controls, it’s also a bit confusing on what you are actually supposed to do in this game. There are challenges you can complete tp gain credits, but they are buried way to deep in the menu system. Credits can be used to unlock certain things so you don’t have to spend money on in-app purchases, but again, it’s difficult to get to. It took me a while before I even knew where the menu was and how to access other things in the game.

True Skate is an okay game. Is it the best skateboarding game I’ve ever played? Nope. The graphics are really good and the idea behind the game is unique and interesting, but the gameplay is just too twitchy to really enjoy. It’s very hard to pull off tricks accurately and there is quite a bit of a learning curve involved. Also, there are just way too many in-app purchases involved to unlock new skate parks and other items. It is an interesting game however, although I think there are other skateboarding games out there that provide more fun.

App Store Link: True Skate
Version: 1.3.0
Developer: True Axis
Price: $1.99
In-app Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

The most authentic skateboarding game ever.

Note: True Skate comes with a single skate park and contains additional content only available by In-App purchase. See below.Features:
– Realistic touch based physics.
– Flick the board to make it react exactly how you would expect.
– Drag your finger on the ground to push.
– A beautiful skate park to get lost in including ledges, stairs, grind rails plus a bowl, half pipe and quarter pipes. (Additional skate parks are now available as an In-App Purchase)
– Smooth graphics.
– Slow motion.
– User challenges
– Replay viewer
– Global leaderboards.

Available by IN-APP PURCHASE only:
– Additional skateparks and locations.
– Street League Skateboarding courses.

Optional IN-APP PURCHASES: (The same content is also available for free by spending True Credits earned by doing tricks and finishing missions)
– Unlock all missions.
– Unlimited slow motion.
– Unlimited board image changes.
– Unlimited wheel color changes.

Trick Possibilities:
50 50 grind, 5 0 grind, boardslide, rail slide, tail slide, nose slide, darkslide, dark 50 50, suski grind, smith grind, feeble grind, salad grind, nose grind, crooked grind, lazy grind, overcrook, losi grind, bluntslide, noseblunt, kickflip, heelflip, pop shove-it, 360 pop shove-it, backside 180, frontside 180, ollie, nollie, impossible, hard flip, 360 hard flip, inward heelflip,360 inward heelflip, varial kickflip, nightmare flip, 360 flip, varial heelflip, laser flip, late tricks and more, or what ever else you can make the board do.

[Source: App Store]

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