The aim of Skate City is simple: keep skating and perform as many tricks as you can – the more complex the skating tricks, the better. The game offers two modes: endless mode, where you can skate endlessly without any time limits, and challenge mode, where you’ll have to perform tricks within a certain timeframe to complete challenges. Completing these challenges will earn you skate cred, which you can use in the skate shop to customise your skating character or to unlock different skating locations in the game. While you start your skating adventure in Los Angeles, you eventually unlock two more locations: Barcelona and Oslo.
The first thing that immediately stood out to me when booting up Skate City was its graphics. Stylish and colourful, Skate City presents a wonderfully sleek and minimal aesthetic that pairs perfectly with a laidback gameplay experience. Combined with a great lo-fi soundtrack, Skate City effortlessly provides the chill atmosphere that makes skating games so enjoyable.
While Skate City’s design is very easy on the eye, the minimal graphics belie the game’s complexity. For a title that was originally released as a mobile game, Skate City comes with a surprising number of tricks ranging from spins to flips and complicated combos, all of which take a while to get the hang of. While the game makes tricks look easy, it took me two or three hours to wrap my head around the different kinds of tricks and how to perform them.