A review by Jeremy Hardin
Developer/Publisher – Odenis Studio
Version – 3DS eShop
Time Spent Playing – 4 hours
Price – $2.99
Obtained – Review Copy courtesy of Odenis Studio
When I was little, EVERYONE made fun of me. Probably too waddly, too square. And then one day my dad came home with a board. It wasn’t just a gift, it was a path. MY PATH.
Gameplay and Controls
In Rising Board 3D you take control of a Penguin who’s calling in life is to surf. The gameplay is simple, yet incredibly enjoyable. Your goal is to become the Pop Island King of the waves. I want to go on and on about how much fun the game is, but I have to point out how deceptively simple it is as well. I really am pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had. Okay, so the ranting needs to stop so I can get on with my review. The whole game consists of you surfing through random levels, performing tricks, and collecting sun points (which can be used to purchase new boards.) As you surf, you’ll be focusing on performing tricks at will, and also when prompted. Each successful move will generate more sun points for you to collect. You will receive more Sun Points for completing the promoted tricks. As you surf you will also see Sun Points just floating on the water or high in the air and it’s your goal to collect as many as you can, all while avoiding the land masses that appear. There are only two ways you fail a level, you either don’t land your board evenly or you land on well, the land (duh!)
Everything you do or collect is recorded on the bottom screen. The records are divided into the following sections; Performance, Distance, Multiplier, Tricks and Sun Spots. Next to all of these records, save the Sun Spots, you will see your Best records so it encourages you to beat your last high score.
Now, in order to make things more interesting you’ll want to purchase new boards and upgrade the ones you have, there are 6 in all. The boards aren’t just skins on the same object, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Unlocking all 6 and maxing them out is no easy feat as you will need thousands of sun points to do this, so it’ s a good thing Rising Board is so much fun. I know I can’t guarantee it, but I’m incredibly confident that once you play the game, you’ll be hooked!
The game controls simple using the circle pad and the B and A buttons. You’ll hold A to speed up and release it jump. In order to perform tricks, you’ll use a combination of the previously mentioned buttons. The controls are incredibly simple and intuitive. As I’ve mentioned already, you’ll be dodging land masses, islands, and rocks. In order to do this, you’ll have to navigate around them, or jump over them with A. The cool thing about this is that when you jump you can keep pressing A rapidly to ‘fly’. Not only does this get you out of trouble, it gives you more air to perform more tricks.