True Skate

App review by
Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic simulator is addictive and challenging.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

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Ease of Play

The controls are intuitive, and live tutorials make learning the basics a breeze. Doing more advanced tricks does take some practice and dexterity, but that's the point. Some menus and options are a bit tricky to navigate, and all text is kind of tough to read due to an artistic, but ultimately not viewer-friendly, background effect. 


Everything in the game aside from the first skate park and board costs real money or in-game currency (which can only really be earned by playing the game a lot), and there are plenty of reminders of this, some of which pop up during play. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that True Skate is a virtual skateboarding game with no characters and no scary crash animations -- just a board, a skate park, and your fingers acting in place of feet. The game is addictive fun, even for amateurs, but has a steep learning curve to perform more advanced tricks, so some kids might get frustrated quickly. It's important to note that the price of the app includes only one skate park and one board, while a large library of additional parks and decks is accessible via ungated in-app purchases. For casual players, one level is plenty, but for kids really interested in skateboarding, the cost could add up quickly. For information on the kinds of data the game collects, be sure to check out the app's privacy policy

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytactical X January 5, 2020

Good but challenging

Totally fine, crashes simply show the board slipping out. Game can be challenging though but not frustrating as users can perform advanced tricks by just swipin... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJoetmo May 2, 2021

A brilliant teen and kids game for skate enthusiasts

One of my favourite games out there with good game ease and absolutely nothing of explicit kind or noticeable problems other than consumerism
Teen, 17 years old Written byxlv October 12, 2020

What's it about?

TRUE SKATE marvelously simulates the experience of skateboarding by putting players in control of a virtual skateboard, controlled using fingers in place of feet. By flicking, swiping, tapping, and holding the board in the same way one would manipulate a real board, players navigate a skate park full of rails, ramps, and half-pipes, performing tricks and jumping over gaps. The game features tutorials and missions to build skills and teach new tricks and a bunch of unlockable parks to explore. Kids can also use in-game currency -- earned through completing tricks -- or real money to upgrade and repair a board or change its colors and design. 

Is it any good?

This sports simulator is so realistic that even total amateurs will want to get out and hop on a real skateboard. The physics and controls are excellent and flawlessly responsive, so nothing stands in the way of you flipping over ramps and rails. It's a perfect balance of easy gameplay and challenging skill development that will hook kids (or adults!) right away. Unfortunately, the purchase price only includes one deck and one skate park -- the rest must be unlocked through in-app purchases or in-game currency that takes a long time to accumulate. For the entry price, though, the starter level is plenty for quick thrills or a few (hundred) minutes of virtual extreme-sports entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and your rules about them. Is it OK to buy additional skate parks?

  • Talk about the difference between the game and real life. Do you think skateboarding is harder in real life or in the game? Both take perseverance, but which likely requires more? Why? In what ways not shown in the game would a real skateboarder stay safe when practicing these tricks?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: 1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (optional in-app purchases unlock remaining content)
  • Release date: December 21, 2015
  • Category: Sports Games
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 51.00 MB
  • Publisher: True Axis
  • Version: 1.3.25
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: October 23, 2019

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