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"Disney Sports: Skateboarding" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2002 by Konami. It is a sports title featuring popular Walt Disney animated characters. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
There is a strong element of child-like fantasy in this title. Breaking away from the realism presented in such hit titles as "Tony Hawk", Skateboarding requires the user to charge a magic metre while performing basic tricks. Once the magic metre has charged fully the player will be able to execute one of his or her "special tricks" to gain a higher number of points. Each character, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, have eight unique tricks at the beginning of their careers and can unlock additional moves by purchasing various items in between stages. Unfortunately the requirement of performing tricks is not necessary to actual gameplay. The game attempts to be a racing title with the player being required to navigate between checkpoints in the skate park. Stunt performance seems to serve as simple eye candy for the player. The game does include a "free skate" mode where the player can capitalize on the included tricks, but this does not affect the player's career statistics.
The graphics are presented from an isometric perspective which focuses on the player's character. Basic stage detailing was featured in this game with each track featuring vast areas of grass, rock, asphalt and brick. There is also a numerous amount of trick stages including half-pipes and rails, and these tend to "stick out" from the stage through use of odd colours such as purple and blue. The character detailing is quite good and I was able to differentiate clearly between them, and surprisingly each character looks like their in film counterpart. The sound is of a good quality with lively musical scores although they are somewhat generic and do not accurately fit with what is a faster sports title. An abundance of sound effects are also included which do, however, fit in with the skateboarding environment.
Overall, Skateboarding is an average title which should be considered as a racing game as opposed to a similar stunt based video game such as Tony Hawk. It may appeal to younger children but may not see much success outside of this market.
Combining the high-energy fun of skateboarding with the storytelling, humor and imagination of Disney, Disney Sports Skateboarding puts an extreme twist on skateboarding, helping players get into the action with their favorite animated athletes.