Mike V: Do or Die! In Review – Tricks and grinds do just fine!

Skateboarding has always been a gaming love of mine.  Over the years sk8t games have gotten better and better with no foreseeable end in sight.  More recently I have noticed iDevice skateboarding games. With the compact/portable nature of the device, as well as things like the built in accelerometer, I can see this as a great platform for this type of game.  Luckily for me, Mike V: Do or Die popped on the scene and into my heart. Read on for the bump and grind! Feel free to discuss this review of Mike V: Do or Die! in our forums.

One of the big things with skateboarding games is selection of brands.  These games are usually heavily branded and with that in mind, you want/need the game to be visually appealing so that those brands come out looking great and not just some pixilated nonsense.  When it comes to Mike V Do or Die I think visuals are delivered.  The graphics look great during game play and all the gear that you can customize is authentic.  All the various locations that you skate at are detailed and the layouts look realistic (or as realistic as random ramps in public space can look).

As far as game play is concerned, you have 2 flavors available to you Career and Free Ride.  Career mode is where you play level by level unlocking both content as well as new levels as you progress and improve as a skater.  You learn and perfect tricks and while doing so you “level up” your player and get closer and closer to a 100% completion. In Free Ride you drive around in your tricked out car (that you can also customise) and visit all the locations that you’ve unlocked in career mode to just play casually.  In both modes you’ll find special unlocks and upgrades for tons of additional content (including in-game customisation, videos, pics, etc.).  They really went all out with the extra gear and bonuses in game.  With regards to the levels, each one is pretty unique. They all have their similarities (how many different ways can you really skin a cat?) however each one definitely has its own feel and vibe.

Controls are one area that is a bit sticky. I’m not saying they are bad, but they are a bit difficult to get used to. I recommend that you spend a bunch of time on that first level and get used to everything.  Even still, I have to give credit to Ratrod Studio for what they’ve done.  Setup has you swiping on the left to control speed and using various taps and swipes across the board on the left to achieve your tricks – an innovative idea in my mind that I think you will see in more and more games of this type (e.g. skateboarding, snowboarding, etc.).  Turning and direction are controlled by tilting and this can be made more loose/tight through the options menu.  Even though, in the end I have been able to do tricks and whatnot, I still have some issues controlling my direction in things like the vert ramp where you want to keep straight forward.

Overall Mike V delivered. Sure I’m having some difficulties controlling it but ollies well that ends well – you got to practice. Ratrod Studio have laid out their game well – everything looks great.  I would recommend this to any fans of skateboarding games as well as other more general sports game fans that are looking for something different.

App Summary
Title: Mike V: Do or Die – Skateboarding Developer: Ratrod Studio Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $4.99 App Size: 159 MB
  • Great looking levels
  • High replay value
  • Authentic brands/gear
  • Controls a bit tough to get down


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