Snowboard Kids 2
Review by Surferdude85
"The most fun I have had with a snow boarding game!"
For those who never have played a snowboard kids game you have been missing out. The object of this game is to finish the 3 laps and be at the bottom of the mountain. Winning and having fun is everything in this game even if that means throwing a bomb at your friends. There are many wacky weapons that will aid you in your quest for victory.
Those crazy snowboard kids are at it again in Snow Board Kids 2. The gang returns for more mischief as they travel through many mountains in such for fun. A new guy has come into the snow board kids to try and stir up some trouble but try as he might he just can't seem to keep up with those kids and those kids can't help but watch as his plans or ruined.
This game is fairly different then Snow Board Kids 1, for one thing you no longer can do special moves. Instead of those special moves they increased the speed for the regular moves making moves a lot easier to land. They even through in a new feature to reflect items and send them back at your foes.
And now on with the review!
What could be better then sending a homing pan at your friends/foes and then cruise by their flat bodies as they try to get up! That is what this game is like. The game may look cartoony but once you get into the game it gets as real as can be. As stated above the object of the game is to be the first one down the mountain on the third lap, and to do whatever possible to insure that you are the victor. Speed alone is not good enough to win the game each level has several weapons to use on your friends or foes, these weapons all have different effects that when aimed right will send your foe either flying in the air or losing 3 coins and stumbling on the ground.
There are 4 regular tricks that will land you 100 gold (1 coin) each or C-Stick moves that are quicker to pull off but don't get you nearly as much. Gold allows you to buy items in the red or blue item boxes. If you don't have gold then no items for you. As an added bonus to those great tricks if you perform a trick, as an item is about to hit you then you reflect it back making your foes weapons useless.
In the story mode you progress through the many mountain levels and evade the little green monster named Damien as he tries to ruin your fun (along with your foes). In story mode you unlock mountain levels and hidden characters and customize your snowboard with a design from the shop in town. Yep, in Snow Board Kids 2 there is a town in which you can do fun challenges and customize your board and even buy brand new boards. There are several board that you can buy, each match a characteristic that you may like, whether its speed, trick or all for all balance. The higher level of board you have the better it is
There are many fun levels and fun things to learn in story mode but battle mode is where most of the fun happens. In battle mode you play with your hidden characters and wear any custom you like and choose any board you have unlocked. This is also the mode were you can play with friends, so round up some of your friends and get ready for a blast.
Even though this is only N64 I feel that the graphics could have been toned up just a bit. The background isn't much and things like tries and background people are paper-thin and kind of fuzzy looking. The weapons however were done pretty good. The bomb explosions and the snow rising up as you board down the mountain was all well done and most of the levels were done good to. You do have to keep in mind that this is a cartoon game so the graphics could only go so far.
Keep in mind that this is a cartoon game so the sounds were not meant to be realistic. This game is full of those Mickey Mouse cartoon sounds. There is not much to say about the sound in this game it all sounds all right and helps the game keep its character.
Play Time/Replayability: 10/10
To beat this game 100% it takes several hours but that's not counting the endless amount of time you could be playing the multiplayer over and over again. I would say roughly 6-10 hours on story mode and this game should be beaten. But the replayability in this game is awesome; I myself rented the game at least 12 times before buying it (crazy I know). Once you get used to this game you will be playing it non-stop, I would recommend renting it first and so for yourself how much fun it is before buying it.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 08/19/05
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