Grab your board and hit the half pipe!! Time Warp Review want you to Skate or Die!!


Arise! Arise! I, Devildriver1313, have risen! And I bestow upon you another review from gamers’ past! Before Tony Hawk grinded his way in our souls, before SSX tricked into the core of our beings, there was a game that fueled us with the power of the shred and the agility of the aerial jester. That game, J1 fans, was Skate or Die!!


Skate or Die was a skateboarding game released by Electronic Arts for the Commodore 64, Atari ST, Apple IIGS, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum before it was ported to the NES by Konami and published by Ultra games. The game featured you as a novice skater trying to prove you have what it takes to make it in the world of skateboarding. Five events tested your boarding prowess. The half pipe was where you showed just how well you can shred while the downhill race pitted you against another skater in a park setting. If you wanted to something extreme, take the race to the streets in the downhill jam. Trick it up to the max to get the best score in these events. Prove just how much air you can in the high jump. The higher you go, the bigger your score. But if you truly wanted to prove your worth and show just how tough of a boarder you really can be, then you could compete in the pool joust. Two skaters go in with jousting sticks. Only one can emerge victorious. Skate or Die featured three other skaters who want to test your skills. Poseur Pete faced skaters who are just getting their shredding legs. Aggro Eddie challenged those who have something to prove. When all is said and done and you think you’ve got rad skills, then you can face the baddest boarder around, Bionic Lester. His motto “Skate or Die” means exactly just that. He will do any and everything to retain his title as top shredder.


Two sequels followed, Skate or Die 2 and Ski or Die. The game opened up gamers to the world of extreme sports which had been limited to the west coast during the 80’s. Skate or Die would inspire future skateboarding games, most notably the Tony Hawk series and SSX series. The control scheme hasn’t changed much. Moving the control pad and imputing certain button presses allowed you to pull of familiar skateboard moves such the Ollie, grind or 720 spin. Thought the skateboard game genre has gone into hiatus until its revival with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 in the works, Skate or Die still remains the root of the skateboarding genre.

Let’s take a look back at Skate or Die!

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