Skyline Skaters Has A Great Game Underneath All Those Windows [Review]

Skyline Skaters

Alright, so we’ve endlessly run, flown, swam, and jetpacked. Why not add skateboarding to that list?

Skyline Skaters by Tactile Entertainment
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Skyline Skaters is a new free-to-play endless skateboarder that transports you to a world with one of the most ridiculously strict police forces ever. I always thought it was weird in Jet Set Radio Future when the official response to graffiti was for a bunch of officers to run down perpetrators and hold them down so that their boss could come up and shoot them with his giant hand cannon.

These police are a little less hands-on, opting to chase down renegade skateboarders with a helicopter and catch them with a comically large claw. As for the game itself, it’s a fun time once you suspend that disbelief.

Skyline Skaters Has A Great Game Underneath All Those Windows [Review]

Skyline Skaters plays and looks a lot like Jetpack Joyride; your skater handles the horizontal, and you control the vertical. You can jump and double jump to collect coins and avoid obstacles. You can also pick up letters to spell words and unlock a ridiculous Super Skater mode, which is basically a time-limited coin grab while skateboarding through the air.

Somehow.

It’s a fun time once you suspend that disbelief.

Those coins unlock powerups, boards, and new skaters with their own special abilities, but of course you can always pay real-ass money to get there quicker. And that kinda leads to my biggest issue with the game.

Before you start skating, the game prompts you to buy a boost (with coins). You can also watch a video to get something for free. You can link the game to your Facebook page to get a free bundle of money every day. You can go to the store and buy secret items in boxes. You have challenges to unlock to earn levels and cash. It’s like Skyline Skaters is the main game, but you have to play a puzzle game about navigating windows before you can play it.

Skyline SkatersGame Name: : Skyline Skaters
The Good: It’s an endless skater with simple controls, a real sense of progression, and a lot of personality.
The Bad: Windows. Windows for days.
The Verdict: The free-to-play hoops are unfortunate, but once you get to actually skating, it’s a lot of fun.
Buy from: App Store – Skyline Skaters – Tactile Entertainment

Cult of Mac rating: 4/5

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Evan KillhamEvan Killham lives in Nebraska and isn't interested in football, so he has plenty of time to play and think about video games. He has written for Bitmob and GamesBeat and sometimes, he even goes outside. But not too often because he's heard there are bees out there.

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