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Tiny Hawk

Tiny Hawk Windows Title screen

MISSING COVER

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Sport
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2.5
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Description

For every extreme sports superstar Tony Hawk, there is a minor-league counterpart, toiling away in obscurity striving toward much subtler achievements in the same field. We shall call this hypothetical echo Tiny Hawk and this game shall be his crowning achievement in his field of skateboarding video games, after his mentor and inspiration; Pro Skater as it might have been initially pitched, drunkenly scribbled on a cocktail napkin.

Many of the basic gameplay dynamics are retained -- building cumulative score multipliers (up to 10x) by successfully landing chains of tricks including grinding along rails, wall-jumping, and kickflipping the board in mid-air, all without touching the ground. Where these multipliers make a difference is in the points racked up while collecting round red gems, getting all of which is each level's objective, through each of six levels (32 in the later browser release.)

It is true that the immersiveness of Tiny's skating simulation is less rigorous than Tony's, but as a sole developer has fewer resources at his disposal than Activision, that is perhaps to be expected. And so rather than a fully 3D-rendered environment, Tiny navigates a series of 2D platforms. And instead of maneuvering an obstacle-filled environment with a modern game controller boasting dozens of buttons, dials and sticks, this gauntlet is run using only a single key to launch jumps and execute tricks. Finally, the simulated (and exaggerated) physical laws that govern Tony Hawk's universe have here been streamlined; rather than calculate things like momentum and velocity, Tiny maintains a constant motion in one direction until he runs up against an obstacle and then reverses orientation.

In the browser release, player performance on each level is rated according to four different grades of medals, to reward exceptional play.

Screenshots

Tiny Hawk Windows Starting level 4
Tiny Hawk Windows Title screen
Tiny Hawk Windows Starting level 5
Tiny Hawk Windows Look at him go!

Alternate Titles

  • "Tiny Skater" -- working title

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Trivia

Level maps

All of the game's levels are stored as raw text files and hence can be modified with any text editor. For example, the layout for level 6 follows:
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Plagiarism

What appears to be an unauthorized source port of this free game appeared for sale on Apple's App Store under its original working title Tiny Skater, as of April 19th, 2011, the handiwork of controversial publisher Domi Games.

Source code

Though Windows was the only operating environment for which a compiled executable of this game was released, its raw code and game assets are all provided allowing one to run the game on any system capable of supporting the Python 2.4 and PyGame 1.7 development environments.

Related Web Sites

  • Download Tiny Hawk! (Free, legal download of both a platform-independent Python version and a compiled Windows executable version of the game! Some fan levels also provided, in links!)
Contributed to by Pseudo_Intellectual (44379)