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Skate or Die (Commodore 64)

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Description

Skate or Die incorporates five distinct styles of skating, which can be attempted individually or in turn. You skate around a menu room to choose which one to attempt. Before taking off you can visit Rodney's skate shop to buy equipment.

The first event is freestyle, in which your aim is to score as many points as possible in 10 attempts. Judges determine how much style and skill you have shown. The High Jump uses the same equipment, only this time your task is to jump as high as possible at the end of the ramp.

The downhill events are overhead-view races. In the Downhill Race you simply try to complete the course within 90 seconds. In the Downhill Jam you try to outperform a human or computer opponent whilst dodging or jumping hazards. You can use attacking moves to either remove hazards or knock your opponent over.

The pool joust is more of a one-on-one beat em up using a stick, set within a pit to skate around.

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Skate or Die Commodore 64 You win this round
Skate or Die Commodore 64 You need to go around the fence
Skate or Die Commodore 64 I won
Skate or Die Commodore 64 Plenty of colour options on the C64 version

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User Reviews

I love this game!!! Great skating!! Great intro song!! lowlife13 atjuno (4) unrated

The Press Says

Zzap! Jan, 1988 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1988 878 out of 1000 88
Power Play Dec, 1987 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

The manual for the Spectrum version states:

"There is no abort key on the Spectrum version of Skate or Die due to the ease of simulating the same key value from other input devices, this removes the chance of accidentally aborting the game."

Leaving aside the woeful grammar, this isn't very good design. Although most Spectrum joysticks did map to certain keys, it was easy to choose which ones these were.

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Quapil (4745) added Skate or Die (Commodore 64) on Apr 25, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Trixter (8743), The Imperial Darkhorse (29), Kabushi (116517) and Parf (7182)