Pop quiz: What is a 360 Pop Shove-it and a Backside 180? If you answered “Dad’s questionable dance moves” then you’re probably not it in the right place. But, if you gleefully declared “Rad skateboard tricks!” then True Skate is awaiting your attention.
The physics-based skateboarding simulator, created by Aussie developers True Axis, allows you to pull off tricks that’d make Shane O’Neill proud – without the threat of broken bones. It’s just you and your skateboard with your fingers acting as feet, set in a hyper-realistic skatepark of obstacles primed for pro-level tricks.
It’s simple to get started with True Skate but, much like the real sport, mastering the moves takes time and perseverance. Navigating your board is intuitive. You reproduce the feet movements required for each trick with swift finger taps, flicks and swipes. To steer, touch the centre of the board and drag left or right. To pull off the humble Ollie, first tap down on the tail of your board to flick it into the air. And to ease it back to Earth, just press on the top of the deck. Easy. Completing missions helps users grasp the many possible tricks available, and pulling them off with aplomb outside of missions scores you Bolts. These can be used to upgrade your decks and grips from real-world skate brands and unlock the Inbound and Schoolyard parks. If you want more variety, a whole host of skateparks are available via in-app purchase. Fancy yourself skimming across Love Park in Philadelphia or the SLS World Championship Course?
In a recent update, DIY capabilities have been added, enabling players to unlock objects during missions and move them around any of the DIY-enabled skateparks they have downloaded. “Skateboarders love building their own spots and we have been blown away by the creativity of players from day one of DIY launch,” says Nick Barry, True Axis’ COO.
The attention to detail in True Skate is awesome – right down to the ubiquitous graffiti that adorns the half pipes. And while you may find faster-paced skateboarding games on the App Store, there’s only the one Official Street League Skateboarding Mobile Game.