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Tech Deck Skate Boarding (GB)

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      07.04.2009 17:00
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      "Tech Deck Skateboarding" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2001 by Codemasters. It is loosely based on the then children's toy fad of the same name. In the United States, the title received an "E" rating by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages. It is a single player game only.

      Gameplay is based on other similar trick based skateboarding titles such as "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater". The player is required to perform a series of skating tricks while navigating around a confined area to collect various pieces and other "Tech Deck" skateboards within a certain time limit. If the player performs the various tricks, however, then he or she will be allotted extra time for gathering the items. It is somewhat of a "button mashing" title which offers little by the way of technical know-how but rather can be completed very easily with a series of button strikes and use of accompanying objects such as half-pipes and rails. I would not suggest the title as difficult to complete because of the somewhat repetitive nature in gameplay.

      Graphics wise the game is both hit and miss. The display is filled with bright, colourful objects throughout but the detailing in the environment and indeed the player's character, a giant thumb, could have used additional work. There seems to be a noticeable element of pixelation throughout playing which is repelling when considering commercial appeal. The player will be met with a series of animations while performing tricks which could keep attention firmly away from the otherwise poor graphical implements. I did not find the audio to be particularly noteworthy. The musical compositions are lively and engaging which would be seen as suitable for a younger audience.

      Overall, it is likely that Tech Deck Skateboarding would appeal to the target market which the toy product is geared to and that is younger, imaginative children. It is not likely that the game would reach an adult audience.

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