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Have all the fun of extreme skateboarding without the pain of wipeouts

Help your personal skateboarder navigate more than 70 levels and collect objects while avoiding injuries with Extreme Skater.

Extreme Skater may not be the most intense sports game for your iOS device, but with its well-designed interface and easy-to-understand gameplay, it proved to be a fun way to while away the hours.

The goal of Extreme Skater is simple. You guide the skateboarder as he collects coins and crystals, and (basically) you keep him from running into anything sharp. We like that the game is tilt-controlled, which means it's very responsive and also a little forgiving. Initially, you can swipe up to jump or tap onscreen controls to grab an object. As the game progresses, you'll have more ways to move your skateboarder. The learning curve isn't bad and less experienced users will like the onscreen help that explains new options as soon they're added. Each of the 78 levels has its own objectives and each new level increases a bit in difficulty. The graphics are simple but they're very well-designed and look sharp on the screen. You can use the coins you collect throughout the game to unlock new tricks or upgrade your skateboard, but you also have the option of paying real cash if you get impatient and just can't beat a level with your current bag of tricks.

Overall, Extreme Skater is a light, fun game that anyone can play. If you don't shell out any additional cash for upgrades, this 99-cent game is also easy on the pocket.

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