It’s hard to resist the excitement surrounding the Winter Olympics and if just watching athletes rush down a snowy incline isn’t enough to get your adrenaline going, you may be looking for other mediums for vicarious living. With that probably in mind, Vivid Games has recently released their mobile game Ski Jumping 2010 for the iPhone. The game has been around on various mobile phone platforms and the gameplay of Ski Jumping 2010 isn’t much different from its predecessors. Actions formerly assigned to the numeric keypad are now done by tapping the screen or tilting the iPhone itself.
Ski Jumping 2010 is primarily a game based on reflex. You begin your jump from the top of the slope and go once you find ideal wind conditions. As you gain momentum skiing down towards the launch, a meter will pop up on the bottom of the screen with a moving ball. To get the best out of your jump, you will need to tap when the ball is in the right zone, identified by a slight color change on the meter as well as being indicated by the ball turning green. After that, a second curved meter will pop up on the right of your screen and you will have to do the same thing, keeping the ball in the right zone by tapping the screen when the ball is green. Once you get close to landing, the third and last meter will show up on the left edge of your screen and tapping when the ball is green will give you a solid landing.
Placing well will unlock other events and earn you prize money which you can then redeem for different suits and better skis. There are 26 different events in the World Cup however the mechanics for jumping remains the same throughout the game. For the iPhone, Ski Jumping 2010 has OpenFeint functionality as well as a multiplayer pass-and-play mode which can come in handy when you and your friends need to kill some time. The controls can be set to touch or tilt, both of which I found to be a little confusing at first. Even though there is a tutorial mode that you can use to acquaint yourself with the controls, the in-game directions were vague at best and it took a bit of effort before I got the hang of it, faring better with the touch controls than the tilt.
Because of the simple graphics and gameplay as well as the lack of directions for the already awkward controls, not everyone will find Ski Jumping 2010 to their tastes but still it is solid for simple and casual gaming and if you’re interested, there’s also a Ski Jumping 2010 Free version in the AppStore that you can try before you buy.
Here is a video demo of the Ski Jumping 2010 app on the iPhone
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