Snowboarding is an activity that can be dangerous, and is performed in the freezing cold. Snowboard Party 2 is a new iOS game giving you snowboarding from the comfort of your iOS device. The sequel builds upon the well made original to offer a similar idea updated for today’s standards beginning with an excellent 3D graphics engine. It’s great to see your snowboarder slide down the mountain, and pull off tricks across 21 unique locations. You have all kinds of tricks available at your fingertips, and yet Snowboard Party 2 makes it surprisingly accessible.
Snowboard Party 2 is jam packed with features including five game modes allowing you to play freestyle, halfpipe, big air, time-attack, and multiplayer. There are 30 levels included across the various game modes giving you a whole lot of downhill action to play through. Each level includes five objectives that range from time and score challenges to collecting hidden letters. The main consistency is that you’re always riding to maximize your score with 50 different tricks to pull off, and numerous ramps, rails, and half pipes to send you flying into big air to pull off those tricks. Once you get airborne, tricks are as simple as spinning the on screen joystick, and tapping the grab buttons. It’s great how easy it is to pull off such advanced tricks, and yet there’s still challenge to rotate enough to land the tricks.
The best part of Snowboard Party 2 is that it’s easy to get up and running, and then there’s a lot of different ways to play. Each track offers a new series of challenges, and the varying modes switch things up as you go from big jumps to half pipe tricks, and on to racing down the mountain through flags. The objectives in each level also give you various challenges, so you can play the same track twice with a different focus each time. It all adds up to create a deluxe snowboarding experience that is a welcome addition to iOS. There are times that there’s a bit of a delay between your actions, and performing a trick, and there’s also some imprecision in steering down the mountainside.
Snowboard Party 2 ($1.99, Universal) is a great snowboarding game on iOS that is well worth picking up.