Skitchin

a game by Electronic Arts

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Action, Racing

Those programming wizards at Electronic Arts are always willing to take a leap beyond the norm. This time they blast the sport of roller blading to the next level with Skitchin' for the Genesis. Part roller blading, part roller derby, and part Road Rash racing, Skitchin' is one of the most unique concepts to hit the shelves in quite a while. Non-stop action, awesome graphics, and intense soundtrack selections make this a killer game!

Skitch on Down the Road

Skitchin' is the slang term for an illegal roller blading contest that requires racers to grab onto the back bumpers of moving cars and slingshot themselves ahead of competitors. EA's careful to note that this game is based on fictionalized actions that should not be emulated in real life. In fact, parental guidance may be necessary for the youngest gamers. For everyone else, get ready for some fun!

ProTips:

  • The safest spot is the middle of the road. This allows the greatest opportunity to Skitch a ride while avoiding obstacles.
  • Build up a good amount of speed and coast as you attempt to Skitch. Stay In the middle of the road and nudge over to the side of the oncoming traffic Just as the vehicle comes up behind you.

'Scuse My Skitchin'!

EA Sports fans will instantly recognize a similarity between Skitchin' and the company's earlier radical racer, Road Rash. All the action is presented from a good-looking behind-the-player perspective. A detailed status bar updates your health, racing position, score, and weapons. A Rear View Mirror shows you the traffic approaching from behind.

  • Stay centered behind the vehicle you've Skitched onto, or you may be flung off by the velocity of the vehicle going into turns. Don't ride on the edges unless you're ready to slingshot from bumper to bumper.
  • The best time to slingshot Is when you're going downhill. Using the extra downhill speed, you can often pass the first and second car In front of you before you grab a new ride.

You can play solo in a 12-city tournament that takes you from New York City to San Diego. Or, you can go head-to- head against a buddy in split-screen, simultaneous action. The rules are simple: Skate, skitch rides, and do whatever it takes to cross the finish line ahead of your seven opponents, including smacking them around with your fists and the weapons you can pick up off the streets. You score cash by jumping off ramps and performing midair stunts. The better you score, the more money you win to upgrade your body gear to protect your health.

  • To build up speed, crouch down when going downhill.
  • Always keep one eye looking ahead and one eye looking In the Rear View Mirror!
  • Follow all rules of traffic, and skate accordingly. Cones on the road warn you of obstacles ahead and stopped traffic.

Roll 'Em!

The game play is simple, but it's somewhat difficult to master. Skitchin' a ride takes split- second timing that will require some practice. Unlike most racing games, where you control both speed and direction, in Skitchin' you're at the mercy of the ride you're trying to latch onto. Misjudge your skitch, and you'll be eating asphalt!

  • Since on-screen size is reduced by 50 percent In the two-player mode, the controls are twice as sensitive within the smaller playing field.
  • Move over to the edge of the vehicle close to opponents. This enables you to throw Jabs at them, and it hinders their chances of grabbing onto the same bumper as you.
  • Don't slingshot forward until there are several cars up ahead to latch onto.
  • To perform a high-scoring stunt, slingshot off a ride onto a ramp. The extra speed of the car gives you additional air time to perform a more complicated stunt.
  • It's important to replace skate gear that's flashing red in the Status window. The condition of your gear directly affects your ability to take hits and stay on the field.

Adding to the tough challenge is the slight discrepancy between your button presses and the on-screen responses. This is especially evident when you try to Skitch and simultaneously fight other players. Timing and control are crucial, and here they're less than perfect. However, control can be mastered after a few rounds.

Digital Diarama

Skitchin' serves up incredible graphics. Fluid, forward- scrolling action coupled with well-rendered backgrounds of each city location create a believable racing environment. Your on-screen skater is large, distinct, and well-animated, right down to the wind blowing up the tail of his shirt. From the graffiti-sprayed startup screen to the options screen, the entire urban hip-grunge theme is kept firmly intact.

Matching the high quality of the graphics is Skitchin's 16-track audio soundtrack. You'll hear an incredible assortment of mind-blowing heavy metal background tunes guaranteed to pump you up for the race.

  • If more than two opponents are Skitchin' on the same ride, drop off the bumper and pick up another ride. You waste time when you're thrown off, because you have to recover before you return to the race.

Hang On!

Skitchin' is undeniably one of the most unique racing sports ever. You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy the superior programming that went into this game. Sharp graphics, hot audio, and original concept aside, Skitchin' is just plain fun for mature gamers of all calibers. Strap on your blades and hit the screen. Let's go Skitchin'!

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  • Machine: Genesis;
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts;

Anything Goes in EA's Fast-Paced New Racer

Just what is "skitchin'", you might ask? Apparently, it's an in-line skating race against several other "skitchers" in which you try to gain the lead by hitching rides on unsuspecting cars (kids, don't try this at home!).

The game play is very similar to EA's Road Rash titles, in as much as you must beat the hell out of your opponents to get past them. You also get some great wrecks as in the Road Rash games. These skitchers get nailed by vans and four-wheelers and go flying for miles (kids, don't try this at home). Other extras such as jump ramps and oil slicks are thrown in for good measure in what looks like a pretty cool game.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: December 1994
  • Theme: Racing

Skitchin', the radical new sport, is a combination of in-line skating and roller blading. The skaters are not in it for the glory - they're strictly in it for the money! Skitchin' involves in-line racing on the freeway where almost anything goes - including you, if you're not careful! Skitchin' is definitely not a team sport; in fact, the only one that's going to toe watching your back is you. So if you've got the guts and the ability, get ready to engage in some heavy duty thrashing on the open roads. Oh, by the way, it wouldn't be a bad idea to invest in some life insurance before you enter!

reggie posted a review
  • Theme: Sports

Skitchin is a new sport where you are dragged by a moving car, while riding on a skateboard. Sounds strange? It is! This very different pastime is now making its way to the Genesis. Try to do aerial tricks and amaze your friends. A strange game!

reggie posted a review

From the makers of Road Rash, this game combines skating and hitch hiking (hence the name 'skitching'). Its pretty much like road rash except you on skate boards and a whole lot more.Just like in road rash, this game does not lack the usual brawls and use of weapons to get opponents out of your way.

If in the course of the game, you think just skating is getting you no where, you can decide to hitch-hike passing vehicles. They are a whole lot faster. You are not welcome though, so you have to hold on to the rear of the moving vehicles. This demands a lot of wit and skill cos the cars don't stop for you. It can get rowdy sometimes as other racers sometimes decide to join you. Trust me, its never good. It all comes down Royal Rumble style as no one is willing to share. Sometimes you're lucky and have a car all to yourself. Be careful though as the drivers are not always hospitable - they can decide to ditch you anytime. Just a flip of their trunk and you're off.

Finally, what skating game is complete without a healthy doze of stunts? You get to show your dare-devil skills while earning cash.A combination of the right buttons while produce great stunts.

Just like in road rash, you can save your progress using passwords.

This is really a must download for everyone who played and loved road rash.

Muyiwa posted a review
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