You may have weak ankles in real life, but with Rollerblade Racer you only need strong thumbs to skate your way through four levels and four qualifying rounds of racing action. Hi-Tech Expressions wants you to race around a neighborhood, the city streets, a beach, and a park. However, you might want to check out the territory before you strap on these NES blades.
Sharpen Your Blades
Rollerblade Racer's no thumb-burner, but plan to wear knee pads anyway-you'll hit the pavement often. The game's look, feel, and 3/4-overhead view is similar Mindscape's Paperboy. It even has Big Wheel meanies that try to run you down. Step on a crack and you may not break your mother's back, but you might break yours. Fall 10 times and you'll start back at the first area challenge chasing neighborhood dogs.
Your wheels are extremely responsive to your controls. However, if you need a little prerace prep, try out your fancy moves in the Practice mode.
After each area challenge, you have to prove you're a bad blader in the Qualifying Rounds by jumping over barrels, gliding through cones, and twisting and turning through half-pipes. If you succeed, you skate on to the Ultimate Bonus Super Rollerblade Challenge, which combines all previously encountered obstacles.
The graphics and game play in this side-scroller roll on over to the repetitive simplistic side, and the music will really make you put on the brakes. The fun could've been keyed up a bit with a two-player option, although racing to beat the 90-second time clock juices up the action and competitiveness.
No Thrill Wheels
If it's a rainy day, you may want to strap on Rollerblade Racer. However, if you really want beautiful scenery and cool tunes while you skate put on your Walkman and head out to your nearest park.
- The manhole covers won't send you sailing, but they'll dull your blades and slow you down for a few seconds.
- Jump constantly to avoid most of Level 1 and Level 2's dangers
- In the Cone Qualifying Round, roll through the upper part of the course. It twists and turns less than the lower half.