What I’m Playing – OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

A sublime skateboarding game

When you first play a new game, you’re waiting for that moment – almost like a hook in a song. So many games fail to deliver a valid reason to stick with it early in the experience.

Oh... that's nice.
Oh… that’s nice.

Right from the start, OlliOlli2 just feels right. During the very first tutorial, I was already hooked. My little skater dude took off running with his board, and then smoothly dropped it and hopped on. On-screen prompts walked me through the basic controls, and in matter of moments I was doing kickflips and ollies like a champ.

Here's me - being a champ.
Here’s me – being a champ. Seriously, look at all those points. I’m so good at games.

The simple, sharp controls combined with the level design and challenge system make for a lovable and additive little package.

Easy to play, Tough to master

It only took a few levels for me to realize a stark reality: I’m not very good at this game.

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Instantly regretting all my life decisions

Yes, I stumbled and fumbled and lucked out on my way to the end of the first dozen or so levels without really getting stuck. But when I looked at my ‘star rating’ for each of them, I saw an embarrassing drop off.

Time to roll up my sleeves and start chasing down these challenges.

Achieve a score threshold. Perform 7 perfect grinds. Collect the movie tickets.

The challenges were simple at first, but quickly ramped up in difficulty. 35x combo on some crazy level in the lava-filled Aztec ruins? Took a few tries, but when I finally got it… that felt GOOD. It helps build confidence in tackling some of the challenges that follow.

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Oh, and I just now realized that I’m only on the “Amateur” tracks. There’s Pro difficulty up next. And then a difficulty called “rad” which I don’t believe is actually rad at all.
God help me…

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Completely normal.

I love this game.

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There’s an actual tragedy happening at the amusement park.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Playing – OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood”

    1. The later levels are nearly impossible – even on amateur difficulty. In the same vein as the “Trials” games, the challenge skyrockets after only a few levels.

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