OlliOlli (Nintendo 3DS) Review

By Lex Firth 21.03.2015

Review for OlliOlli on Nintendo 3DS

OlliOlli, on home consoles (Wii U eShop and Xbox One included), feels like a skateboarding simulator. Perhaps that seems like the bare minimum for a skateboarding game, but it's true and even a little surprising, given its veneer: beneath the gorgeous pixel art and thumping bass, there's a decent game there. That in itself is a blessing for 3DS owners, as their version of the indie hit may lack style but retains substance.

Those that have already read Cubed3's reviews for the Wii U eShop and Xbox One ports of Roll7's skater will already know that OlliOlli oozes flair while still being a challenging and rich experience, but it's fair to say that some of this is lost in its transition to the smaller screen. The core gameplay remains unchanged, but next to its high definition siblings it's definitely the runt of the litter.

What once was a heart-pounding, bass-heavy soundtrack feels paltry on the handheld. It may be a limitation of the device rather than the game itself, but the experience feels overall less engaging without being able to crank up the volume and lose oneself in OlliOlli's mesmerisingly addictive gameplay. The graphics also lose some of their lustre with the lower resolution, and the smaller screen makes some rails and even the player character a little harder to make out.

Screenshot for OlliOlli on Nintendo 3DS

It's also disappointing to see that Curve Digital hasn't bothered utilising the 3DS fully in this port. Just as in its handheld version of Titan Attacks!, the stereoscopic 3D function is ignored completely and, while it wouldn't have added much, it would have provided more of an incentive to opt for this edition. At least the touch screen is used for menu navigation, although even this is slightly lacking; for some reason, certain menu options are relegated to the top screen meaning that stylus navigation isn't universal.

That's not to say, of course, that the 3DS version of OlliOlli isn't worthy of standing up next to its big brothers - and those without the other console options will still find plenty to enjoy in its incredibly engaging boarding action. It's just a shame that when style is so integral to the overall experience, it should be lacking in this port.

Screenshot for OlliOlli on Nintendo 3DS

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

It may not be the best version of the game, but OlliOlli shines on any console - the 3DS is no exception. A fantastic experience marred somewhat by the limitations of the handheld.

Developer

Roll7

Publisher

Curve Digital

Genre

Sport

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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