Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam
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|Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam|
|Developer(s)||Vicarious Visions (NDS)
Visual Impact (GBA)
Toys For Bob (Wii)
SuperVillain Studios (PS2)
|Release date(s)||Nintendo DS
NA October 24, 2006
AU November 8, 2006
EU November 10, 2006
Game Boy Advance
AU November 1, 2006
NA November 7, 2006
EU November 17, 2006
|Genre(s)||Extreme sports, racing, strategy|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, multiplayer, online multiplayer (Nintendo DS only)|
As a departure from Neversoft's Tony Hawk games, Downhill Jam emphasizes gaining speed and racing opponents, as well as competing for high scores and completing goals.
Nintendo DS version
The Nintendo DS version was developed by Vicarious Visions, who gained much experience with the Tony Hawk franchise by adapting almost every previous version for GBA as well as Tony Hawk's American Sk8land for Nintendo DS.
The Nintendo DS version has six tracks, each four times larger than a typical level from Tony Hawk's American Sk8land. The DS version has a similar character set to the Wii version, as well as the ability to create a character and customize his or her appearance, stats, and special tricks.
The Nintendo DS version maintains a traditional Tony Hawk control scheme, and much of the same trick set from Sk8land. However, flip tricks can now be held like grab tricks, reverts are eliminated, and the bert slide has been optimized for downhill racing. Additionally a combo buffer has been implemented. When a combo is broken, the player 3 seconds (a buffer) to start a trick again and save the combo. The player is allowed 20 buffers per combo, making the maximum score of 100 million points per combo still difficult to obtain.
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam for the Nintendo DS does not support online play anymore as the servers are not being supported anymore.
As in older Tony Hawk's games, there are game modes for high scores and completing goals, but a high-speed racing mode is also included. Tricks are used in part to reach secret and alternate routes, although revert and manual tricks are absent from the game. This formula is similar to that used in the SSX series of snowboarding games.
The Wii version features a multiplayer mode with four players competing head-to-head in splitscreen. While online play was announced within early development, the final version of this game does not include online play.
The Wii version of Downhill Jam features a single player mode called "Downhill Challenge". The story to this is Tony Hawk who puts on an event where Hawk and friends tour around the world to compete in a series of downhill skating competitions such as: Races, Slalom, "Trick", "Steal The Head", and "Elimirace".
In its story, you recruit skaters into Tony Hawk's skate crew and battle a rival crew run by Antonio Segul (a reference to Tony Hawk, being a bird's name, and A Flock of Seagulls), an oldschool skater trapped in the 80s. To recruit the skaters, you must beat various challenges, and then challenging that particular skater to one of 3 events to earn a medal, and the skater. The story can be treated as a spiritual sequel of Tony Hawk's American Sk8land, as the skatepark featured in Downhill Jam's opening and closing cutscenes is American Sk8land, the decrepit skatepark from American Sk8land.
GBA and PS2 version
The GBA version of the game was developed by Visual Impact and the PlayStation 2 version was developed by SuperVillain Studios. Neither game was developed by Neversoft. The PlayStation 2 version shares a big similarity with the Wii version of this game, sharing its graphics, levels, and characters, except that this version includes three extra characters.
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The reception has been mixed to moderate. Many critics praised the Wii version for its gameplay style and nice new array of characters, but was criticized for it's poor execution, unresponsive controls at times and its unbalanced difficulty. The PS2 version is only considered a bad port of the Wii version so it had more mixed reception. The DS version was met with more positive reception for its addictive presentation and responsive controls.
- Metacritic: 76/100
- IGN: 87
- Official Nintendo Magazine UK: 83
- Games Radar: 80
- GameSpy: 80
- Worth Playing: 78
- Nintendo Power: 75
- GameDaily: 70
- 1UP: 70
- GameSpot: 6.6/10
- EuroGamer: 60
- Metacritic: 69/100
- Official Nintendo Magazine UK: 8.5/10
- Games Radar: 80/100
- GameSpy: 80/100
- Electronic Gaming Monthly: 7.5/10
- Nintendo Power: 7.5/10
- 1UP: 7.5/10
- Yahoo! Games: 7.0/10
- IGN: 7.0/10
- Play Magazine: 70/100
- GameTrailers: 68/100
- GamePro: 65/100
- GameSpot: 6/10
- EuroGamer: 5/10
- Game Informer: 50/100
- Edge Magazine: 5/10
- G4 TV: 2/5
- Metacritic: 62/100
- Games Radar: 60
- GameSpot: 5.9
- IGN: 5.5
- Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam at IGN
- Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam DS Community
- Interview with Toby Schadt (Lead Developer)