Retro Review: Cool Boarders
Developed By: UEP Systems
Published By: Sony Computer Entertainment of America
Original Release Date: December 31, 1996
Not Recommended. The snowboarding genre has evolved so much over the years, that even nostalgia can't cover the incredible flaws of this game. With only five levels, and poor gameplay, this is one to avoid at all costs.
Cool Boarders may bring back fond memories for many. Nearly a decade ago, UEP developed what is commonly referred to as the first snowboarding game on a console. However, in the intervening years since then, the genre has progressed quite a lot, making Cool Boarders an antiquated piece of software that should be avoided in the PlayStation Store's initial offerings.
The game is almost frustratingly simple. You race down one of five courses (three initially available), judged solely on two factors: how many points you earn from "tricks" and how fast you can go down the slope. However, with finicky digital controls that simply don't respond the way you expect them to, expect simply going down the mountain to become much more of a challenge than it should be. Saying this game has a "trick system" would be unfair to games like SSX that actually have a deal of variety in the stunts.
The physics, once praised, can no longer be admired in modern times. Your player bounces like a pinball off rocks, trees, and invisible walls. Add to that a general lack of speed, and you have a pretty uninspired game. The graphics themselves haven't aged too well, on par with a relatively bad DS game.
There are a few noteworthy aspects to praise. The framerate is rock solid, surprising for such an old game. Also, the music and voice acting is surprisingly decent. The announcer may get on your nerves with his generic boarder voice, but his insults will come at you with a surprising amount of clarity. The ability to save ghosts is a nice touch, and the decent selection of characters and boards will please the basic needs of a player. However, the snowboarding genre has evolved so much over the years, that even nostalgia can't cover the incredible flaws of this game. With only five levels, and poor gameplay, this is one to avoid at all costs.
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Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
12-09-2006 @ 4:20AM
"we pay 6$ so you don't have to"
12-09-2006 @ 6:36AM
I own Cool Boards for the PSone. Cool Boarders 3, for the same console, is so unbelievably better than that old dust-covered first title. Cool Boarders really sucks.
12-09-2006 @ 1:55PM
heh shhhhhh be quite thats a lot of money to these people.......oh and where are all the other crap games i m looking for twisted metal 4 for psone to psp lol....
12-09-2006 @ 2:20PM
When is Sony gonna release these Demos to us PS3-less owners online!! Come On Sony, think of it as a Christmas Present!
12-09-2006 @ 4:18PM
Ah, nostalgia. I had Cool Boarders 2 & 3.
12-10-2006 @ 6:41PM
I thought i enjoyed this game back in the day...