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Crazy Snowboard 2.0 is an app with multiple personalities. On the one hand it is one of the better designed games around for the iPhone, iPod touch and now the iPad, too. Its weakness is the sometimes quirky gameplay that keeps it from being a truly great offering.
The aim of Crazy Snowboard is to show your mad snowboard skills by performing tricks on a snow-covered course. The more aerial fireworks you do, the more challenges you can unlock for additional game play. Also, more snowboarders and snowboards become available for a more customized experience. At current count, there are 30 different missions to play through, 13 riders to unlock and 13 boards to unlock. For players that are less goal-oriented, Crazy Snowboard also has 4 endless free-ride modes.
Should you wish to get a quick tutorial on how to play, the game offers an excellent description of the game's options along with photos of action. Despite the fact that there are multiple controls, it is very easy to pick up how to play because of the information page. Another great feature is that you can save up to three different game profiles with their progress. Saving and recalling previously saved games is easy and has a familiar interface to those who have played console games.
Unfortunately, it is the game play itself that is Crazy Snowboard's biggest weakness. A major flaw is in how the visuals work with performing tricks. For example, the primary way you earn points is through jumping off the ramps and doing aerial tricks. The problem is once you do this the screen angle changes to facing the front of the snowboarder. This makes it difficult to gauge where you are in relation to the ground; in turn landing is an exercise in guesswork. And crash landing means losing points. The more challenging the trick, the more difficult it is to land. The visuals are great — but it severely hampers the gameplay.
In our first review of Crazy Snowboard, we felt that the game could use some better integration of competition as it tended to become monotonous with series after series downhill courses with point accumulation the main goal. That's all changed now. The downhill racing game now features more than 60 Plus+ awards and 30 global leaderboards. The app lets you go head-to-head against your friends to compete for the title of Crazy Snowboard champion.
Crazy Snowboard is put together quite well. My favorite moment was being able to unlock a pumpkin-headed snowboarder.
It's been more than a year since its original release and the developers continue to tweak the gameplay. And that's one of the reasons that Crazy Snowboard is turning out to be a truly outstanding game.