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Can there be too much rag doll?

Super Trick Snowboarder is a 2D snowboarding game that uses rag doll physics as you jump, flip, and spin down the slope, but it might be a bit too rag doll for its own good.

Super Trick Snowboarder is a 2D snowboarding game that uses rag doll physics as you jump, flip, and spin down the slope, but it might be a bit too rag doll for its own good. The game features nice-looking cartoonlike graphics; your snowboarder makes his way past obstacles while pulling off big tricks. The control system involves a snowboard on the left with four buttons for grabbing the front, back, and sides of your board in the air. On the right you have buttons for jumping and rotating either clockwise or counterclockwise.

The problem with Super Trick Snowboarder is that the rag doll physics might be a bit overdone. Even when traveling straight down the slope, your snowboarder will lean awkwardly from left to right, forcing you to compensate with the rotation buttons. What ends up happening is that most of the time you feel out of control. When you successfully pull off a trick, you end up feeling like you got lucky rather than like it was skill that made it happen. Still, with some practice, we were able to pull off several successful tricks, but it seemed harder than it needed to be.

Super Trick Snowboarder has two game modes and some customization options if you can get past the awkward playing style. Normal mode has you traveling down a finite hill with an altitude meter on the right so you know when you're getting close to the bottom. In endless mode, you go for distance trying to pull off tricks to get the highest score. Before you hit the slopes, you can change clothing and boards for a little bit of customization, and as you progress you'll be able to unlock more styles to give your rider a different look. None of these gives any type of bonus, so you'll be working to unlock items more for aesthetic purposes than to make your snowboarder better.

Overall, Super Trick Snowboarder is a fairly good 2D snowboarding game, but we think the rag doll physics make the game harder than it needs to be to have fun. If you like the idea of barreling down the hill out of control (mostly), this game might be right for you.

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