Skate City Review – Boarding Beats LO
Skateboard can sometimes be stressful enough. Why not play a skateboard game with a little more cold? Skate City tries to lower a few notches and relax while saving again and again. Of course, angry tunes you are looking forward to, but sometimes you want to expire this breath, maybe loosen the jaw for a minute. This one can sometimes seem a little light on the content, but there is a fantastic meditation to relax for a second.
There is no story strictly speaking, which is quite correct. We are here to skate. And also fail to skate. You have the choice between two modes, Endless Skate and Challenges. One is a relaxed tour through a given step, while the other is a test of your skills. If you are looking to develop your credibility (SC), you are free to focus on one or the other, which is good. You can even capture and send videos to your sponsors for some extra points. The list of steps is a little short to my taste, but you can draw a lot on each 1. The same city takes a whole new light with the good challenge facing it.
Even with the cold vibrations that infiltrate into all the pores of skate city, there is still a real frustration to feel. The challenge steps can take a trial or thirty, while some of the commands other than skating seem a little clumsy. From time to time, these two problems met, inflicting real damage to my calm behavior. For the most part, however, each race was a soft driving. You pay fairly regularly, but it’s simple enough to continue. Even the most difficult challenge can be raised with practice and patience. If these challenges become too difficult, you can always change them with Endless Skate. It is a welcome relief, in phase with the general atmosphere of the game.
About Vibes, we arrive at the real Skate City star, the original band. This game contains a perfect reading list of hip hop la-fi rhythms, soft instrumental pieces that instantly transform your state of mind. This looks like the logical evolution of the Lo-Fi hip hop scene, made famous by streams and playlists on YouTube. Students, artists and all those who have a lot of work to do to these slopes to keep them calm and productive. It’s a fascinating experience, mixing this aesthetic from background music to a repetitive skill gameplay. The music is the work of Peer Synth, Buster Jenkins and Granbar. You can find links to the OST here, as well as Lo-Fi channels here and here.
Beyond the stellar band, visuals also have a major impact on relaxed aesthetics. Character models, backgrounds and obstacles are all simple and clean constructs. They mix with a selection of soft and foggy environmental effects so that any skate city feels like good memories under a frosted glass. For the most part, even the challenges can not break the illusion. Only when you play with non-combat commands that the cold light of the day comes into play. In one way or another, elements like the tutorial sections and the navigation tool Endless skate put things to stop. Just a handful of moments that interrupt the rhythm of otherwise soft driving along the sidewalk.
Between blurred visuals and the soundtrack with thick lids, it does not look like a typical skateboard game. Instead, you are encouraged to meditate on planks and wheels, a few minutes at a time, for a little while. The game seems quite too short, but only in the sense you want more once you have finished. If you are so inclined, you can take up the many challenges for hours. Even in this case, the nature of these tests seems oriented towards a series of shorter play sessions. Like an inactive game or agricultural simulation, you keep coming back until the task is complete. Beyond the real gameplay, Skate City has a serious merit as an introduction to the world of hip hop lo-fi. These pieces will haunt you in the kindest possible way, the calm and happy rhythms bouncing around your subconscious for weeks. If you are looking for a more relaxed and casual skateboard game, Skate City is not to be missed.