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Before beginning this review it is necessary to address the historical aspect of this title. 720° is regarded as the world's first "extreme sports" game which features skateboarding, released to the public in 1986. The Gameboy title, released in 1999, was meant to serve as a direct "port" (converted from an earlier platform to present platform) from the original game. It is necessary to keep that in mind for this title as it does seem like a blast from the past when playing.
The objective of the game is simply to "skate" and perform various jumps and spins using the ramps, railings and other environmental objects in the game. Doing these various stunts will earn the player points, and accumulating these points will earn the player a "ticket". Tickets are a necessary aspect of the game as, throughout the game, the player will be forced to "Skate or Die" and need to move his on-screen skateboarder to one of the various skate parks. Without the necessary ticket, the skateboarder will not gain access to one of these parks and have to outrun "deadly" obstacles which, if touched, will lower the amount of tries one has in a game. When the player reaches zero tries that signals the end of the game. To be successful, the player must perform sixteen events within the skate parks.
Graphic content is acceptable when remembering that this is a 1980s "port". It is very low in detail and "blocky" which younger players may find unappealing. I personally did not find this too much of an issue. The sound is also lower quality, often repetitive, which may encourage players to engage with the title without the use of sound. This also may not be an issue as sound is not a critical aspect of this game.
Personally I found the controls difficult to manage. The player must continually tap the "B" button to propel his skateboarder while performing stunts using the "A" button and arrow keys. The gameplay itself is simple but these awkward controls make for a rather difficult experience. This is a subjective claim, though, which may not hold true to every player of this title.
Overall, there is not much which attracts me to this game besides being a classic title. I found it to be rather commonplace and simple in comparison to similar titles nowadays, but this title would likely have been all the rage after release in the 80s.
Thee is nothing which can convince me that skaetboarding ranks up there with any of the interesting pasttimes and I would probably list it amongst such things as swingball, spacehoppers and pogo sticks on an excitement level. So when I came across a game of it back in the 80s I wasn't likely to be easily impressed. Now, at least 10 years after I played it on the 8-bit machines I find it on the Gameboy and again have the dubious pleasure of playing it, just for a little while for nostalgia reasons. I expected that perhaps they may have changed a few things as well, but of course, they hadn't. 720 is a direct copy of the same game which many may have played on the coin-op arcade machine or on the 8-bit computers such as the speccie or C64, which is incidentally where I first came across it. The idea behind the game is a simple ad as boring as you can get althoughto make skateboarding interesting would take a hell of a lot of work in my opinion. You control a little guy on a skateboard and must umm skate around town doing tricks whilst avoiding being run over by cars etc. The town is full of ramps and curbs for you to jump up and performing tricks(well turning in the air is all you can do) gets you more points. Well, I say points, you actually get moeny for each jump, trick etc. that you perform which can then be traded for better boards, helmets, shoes etc. At given intervals(VERY VERY short intervals) your skating is interupted by a message to Skate Or Die which means that you have a very short period of time in which to get to a skate park before a swarm of killer bees chases after you and if they get you cause you to lose one of your three lives. Get to a park and you can try to win one of the medals. You have 4 different parks which include such as the slalom and half-pipe where you must beat the clock on the slopes or perform tricks for cash respectively before the timer runs out. Do well and you will be awarded a medal...in fatc you are always
awarded a medal. Then you are back outside again for about two minutes to skate around before the bees come after you again and you have to hit another park...thats about it. There is very little to this game which can sometimes make some of the better games, but in this case is just plain boring. You skate about aimlessly jumping over things and not being hit by cars etc. because there are so few of them, and then wander to the nearest park when the bees come. Nothing has been done to improve on the graphics or gameplay of the original game, it looks like a direct port from the C64 which is laziness in the extreme. Controls are simple but I found the skater difficult to control personally which detracted further from what little enjoyment this game has to offer. Its pointless I suppose is my main gripe. You have nothing to aim for but the accumulation of points and nothing too interesting to do to gain those points. You need to amass money to buy tickets into the parks, an increasing amount each time, before the bees come after you but that is all there is to it. Its boriiiiiinnnngggggg...and that is the bottom line.
All gameboy games are toys of the devil. But they do have a use. Just like the devil Too remind people of the darker side Its true Mario is really the love child off satin and geri haliwell. What u mean u dont believe? Ask him urself O dear we have got it real bad DooYoo rocks Keep revieThis time next year we'll be millionaires . Adam Stuart Have a nice day :-) PS. When the gameboy adavane comes out in June. Maybe then will handheld consoles become good. Maybe been the keyword there. mmmmk
720 is a conversion of the classic arcade game. There have been previous conversions, nearly all on "proper" 8-bit machines like the Speccy, but as far as I know this is the first one you can play on the toilet. Anyway, this is the original skateboard game. You skate around the town, earning money to get yourself into the skate park, to do "rad" tricks and things. It's all very retro, mainly you are jumping off ramps, and the gameplay is pretty simple, but it's pretty good fun. It's pretty tough, but the controls are good and the graphics clear enough. The music's pretty average mind you. There are better games around, but it's fun for a while.