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Drop Point Alaska Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Applelinks has published a new review of Bongfish's Drop Point Alaska. The action game gives players the chance to test their snowboarding skills on an Alaskan mountain, conquering weather, obstacles, and a variety of mini-challenges. Applelinks gave Drop Point a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

Now, the whole point of games such as this is to learn button combinations and timing to perform tricks. I get that. And so, as you speed down the mountain, you'll be not only concerned with getting to the bottom (if you can find it...the openness of the terrain does cause some confusion), but also with finding objects off which you can perform the tricks necessary to unlock higher elevations and additional drop points. There are natural objects such as snow mounds and felled trees, as well as man-made objects such as fences and the obligatory pipe. Do people really put pipes on mountains just so riders can smash their snowboards into them? Seems like a waste of good pipe to me, but what do I know about it? I've never climbed a mountain, never been on a snowboard, and never installed plumbing. In fact, my pipe experience is relegated solely to climbing in and out of them in the Super Mario games, so I'll let this go.

The gameplay in Drop Point Alaska has a natural progression to it. The first few times down the mountain, you'll be searching for trick points. Next, you'll work on the best way to get to them to perform your tricks. This leads to a lot of practice as you discover and master the various tricks that work best. You get combo points for stringing tricks together, so you'll find yourself spending plenty of time perfecting your moves on single runs before you're ready to advance. This gives the game a decent shelf life, but, more importantly, leads to one of the more interesting features, called Stick a Trick.

Some of the various trick points on the mountain are "owned" by other riders. As you approach them, you're presented with a video of what the owner has done. To claim ownership, you have to one-up the previous owner's trick. This wouldn't be all that cool, except that if you have a live Internet connection, you'll actually be fighting other living players for ownership. If you own the trick, a video of your performance is uploaded to the Net for others to see and beat. It's pretty cool, and it gives you something a little more interesting to play for. Bragging right really are bragging rights.
To read the full review head over to the site linked below.

Applelinks: Drop Point Alaska Review
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