Skate Boardin'

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Skate Boardin' Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Absolute Entertainment
Publisher(s) Absolute Entertainment
Designer(s) David Crane[1]
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release 1987
Mode(s) Single-player

Skate Boardin', also known as Skate Boardin': A Radical Adventure, is a video game developed by Absolute Entertainment and released in 1987 for the Atari 2600. It was designed by former Activision programmer David Crane, creator of the hugely successful Pitfall![2] It is one of the first skateboarding-based video games, preceded by at least the 720° arcade game and Skate Rock for the Commodore 64, both from 1986. The game was re-released in 2002, as part of the Activision Anthology collection. A sequel was released in 1988 for the Atari 7800 called Super Skateboardin'.

Gameplay[edit]

Skate Boardin' gameplay screenshot of the player jumping from a ramp

The player must locate and successfully negotiate thirty hidden tricks in the form of ramps and pipes within a time limit of five minutes. To save time it is possible to skitch on the back of moving vehicles. The fire button makes the player jump, which is necessary for remounting the skateboard after falling off. Jumping can also be used to get past hurdles. Continuing to hold the fire button results in a crouch, needed for passing through pipes.

Additional challenges include finding the most efficient route through the maze and avoiding various obstacles that slow the player down.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers". dadgum.com. 
  2. ^ Buchanan, Levi. "Top 10 Best-Selling Atari 2600 Games". IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 2008-09-24.