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‘OlliOlli World’ is a friendly but deceptively difficult skateboard game

OlliOlli and its successor, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood, are notoriously difficult to master. These side-scrolling skateboarding games start easy enough, but if you want to complete any challenge, get ready to play and replay some levels dozens of times. It can be annoying, but also extremely satisfying to perform just the right combination of tricks and grinds needed to achieve a great score.

I was worried about that OlliOlli world, a new direction for the series coming on February 8, would do without that level of challenge. After playing an extended preview of the game over the last week, I'm no longer worried. Developer Roll7 has created a game that is significantly more accessible than the original titles - but a game that keeps the twitch-response gameplay and score-hunting highlights intact for those who crave them.

For the uninitiated, OlliOlli world is a 2.5D skateboarding platform game where your character simply has to make it from one end of the track to the other while doing as many tricks and combinations as possible. It's the same basic formula as the original games, but the scope of OlliOlli world is much bigger. The game is divided into five different areas, three of which were playable in my demo. The first, Sunshine Valley, had close to 20 different levels, a handful of which were just training levels designed to introduce the basics of skating, grinding, and performing various tricks. But even if you do not count these levels, there is far more to explore in OlliOlli world than the two previous games, each of which had 50 levels in total.

There are a wealth of ways to challenge yourself as you skate through these levels. To begin with, navigate between grinding rails, holes, ramps, and other obstacles to get to the end before you can move on. However, in an admission to the game's story with bruises, levels now have checkpoints - so if you blow it 90 percent of the way through the level, you can try the last segment again. Of course, if you had a giant combo going that was interrupted, you would miss this opportunity for big points. But this at least makes it easier to learn levels and work on problem points without having to tackle the whole process again.

But the courses are both extremely well-designed and visually interesting, so I was eager to play and play them until I mastered all the challenges and found as many secrets as I possibly could. The world is populated with colorful and amazing creatures like walking bananas, smiling trees, giant bees with signs that you can ride on the wall, huge frogs (sometimes riding on the giant bees) and of course Skate Godz that you meet at the end of each world.

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See, your character is on the hunt to become the new Skate Wizard with the help of a silly and nicely animated team, including Chiffon, the one-eyed, pipe-smoking current Skate Wizard ready to retire. To take their place, you must meet all the Skate Godz who live in the five different zones you can play through. Each level has some banter with your crew as well as people you meet on your travels, full of ridiculous puns and occasional tips on how to improve your scores or perform new moves. You can skip it if you want, but it helped me get into the main room of Radlandia's beautiful world.

It is difficult to sum up in words what makes the individual levels in OlliOlli world so compelling, but they mix serious challenge in with moments that really let you get into the intangible flow mode where you just do tricks, run on rails and generally go through a track without thinking too much about what you're doing. The music, the sound effects, the art style, the level design and the many different movements you can perform all contribute to this mood - and although the game looks completely different from its predecessors, the end result is the same: skateboarding.

My skills from the original OlliOlli games are translated here, but there are plenty of new things to challenge long-term players. The game is not just 2D anymore, which means there are several paths you can discover through many levels, something that seriously contributes to the replayability and challenge of these levels. Each level has several goals you will be presented with in the beginning, and fulfilling them all will almost certainly require more games, especially as the game progresses and the levels become more complex.

In fact, when I got about halfway through the third world of the game, I seriously struggled to tick off all one level goals. The good news is that you can keep making progress without beating all three challenges, nor will you be penalized for using checkpoints, but the game is so well designed that I would keep going back and trying to achieve my previous scores and reach those goals.

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There are plenty of new moves like grips to pull in, and quarter-pipes let you change the direction your skater goes in. It sounds simple, but getting your skater to go from right to left instead of the opposite, did me really a trip. loop, but I also cheered audibly the first time I skated into one of the quarter-pipes. They add a whole new dimension to the game that I did not expect.

It is also worth mentioning some of the other ways Roll7 made this game more accessible than the previous ones. Besides the aforementioned checkpoints, it is much harder to wipe out now. Previous games required you to press a button when you landed, otherwise you would lose all your momentum as well as the points you accumulated from a trick. Now you can land without having to worry about that step - but making so-called "perfect" landings increases your speed and score.

The main game is a deep experience, but Roll7 added new features for those who love to chase high scores. Each time you complete a level, you will see a rival player's score, which you will then be challenged to the best. It's subtle, it just shows your rival's high score below your best score - but those challenges mocked me for playing a few extra rounds to try and beat that challenge. OlliOlli world is smart enough to match you with players at your own level, so if your highscore tops at 100,000, you will not be challenged to beat someone who got 1 million at a level; Rival scores are usually about 20 percent higher than your own best. It's a good encouragement to push yourself even harder through a level.

OlliOlli world also offers daily challenges through the Gnarvana League, which you unlock when you finish the first area of ​​the game. Here you join a league where you face nine competitors, who in turn skate at the same level as you. The levels change every day and you are simply trying to get the best score in your group. While playing, you can move up to other leagues where the pitches are likely to get tougher. I would like to admit that after making a score that placed me at the top of my group, I kept my eyes on the league all day to see if I should replay it and improve my score to retain that top spot .

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Finally, there is a random level generator that you can use to challenge your friends or strangers to give their best score. The Gnarvana portal is extremely simple and lets you choose a level "style" based on the five main worlds of the game. You can then select one of four difficulty levels and set the length of the course. Once generated, you can divide the course via an eight-digit zip code. That code lets everyone else try your level no matter what platform they are playing on and you compete again for who can achieve the highest score. The fun thing is that anyone can try this so you can give the zip code to a few close friends, or post it online and challenge anyone you want.

For the first time in an OlliOlli game, you can also adapt your character to your heart's desire. There are a wealth of clothing options, hairstyles, skateboard designs, skin color options and much more here, and you will unlock much more as you tick off the different challenges each level offers. Unlike the first two games single, generic male skater designs, you can create a character here that really fits your personality.

There are a ton of games here for $ 30, and the Roll7 team has at least two DLC expansions planned for later this year (both of which are included if you order the $ 45 Rad Edition). If you even have a temporary interest in skateboarding or platform games, OlliOlli world is definitely worth your time. It's deeper, brighter, bigger and more fun than the original games, and I expect it to be a hit with hardcore OlliOllli fanatics as well as a much larger new audience experiencing the thrill of this meditative skating series for the first time.

OlliOlli world will be available on Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One and PC on February 8th.

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