Parents' Guide to

OlliOlli World

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun, fresh take on skateboarding games.

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This is a charming, accessible, and imaginative skateboarding adventure that gets it mostly right. The first thing you'll notice in OlliOlli World is a huge emphasis on customization and freedom of expression. There are literally millions of combinations to personalize your skating hero/heroine, and it's fun to unlock new pieces over time. You can create fun and crazy outfit combinations and see all kinds of humorous things, including chickens driving cars, walking trees, and more. The 2D side-scrolling levels you'll grind and flip through are also wildly (and refreshingly) creative, including boardwalks and desert landscapes (with cheering cacti!). Truthfully, the game is like what a skateboarding fan may see behind their eyelids while lucid dreaming. But that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of depth. Along with skateboarding, you'll need to figure out how to bypass some environmental obstacles that will take some trial and error to reach the next story element, each with a half-dozen or so main challenges and new areas to skate through. A Super Mario World-like map shows where to go next in this mostly linear game, but includes hidden side quests you can access by completing some optional challenges (like high-fiving a character).

The controls are easy to learn (and the Tricktionary section off the main menu lists how to pull off all the moves), but there are a couple of small issues, such as accidentally tapping a button that rewinds the game to the start of the level, which can be frustrating, especially if you're happy with your performance. Another issue is that it's difficult to find cosmetic items when you unlock them. Thankfully, these were the only (and minor) problems), and it didn't mar the overall experience much. Bursting with personality and personalization, OlliOlli World is a fresh and fun take on skateboarding games.

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