This is Gaming Cypher’s review done by Justin Park of Olli Olli: Epic Combo Edition by U&I Entertainment, together with partners Bandland Games and developer Roll7.
This week I got my hands on Olli Olli: Epic Combo Edition. This two game pack includes both the original OlliOlli, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood, three making-of documentaries, the soundtrack, and an exclusive studio booklet. OlliOlli and OlliOlli2 are both 2D skateboarding games that follow a similar formula, and both are quite a bit of fun.
The basic premise for both games is quite straightforward. You skate along the map timing tricks onto rails for combo points. While the premise may sound simple, the tricks and slides you can do are anything but. You use your left control stick to initiate tricks and slide on rails, while you use the x button to land on the ground and speed up. There are numerous tricks and grinds you can do for points, and all are available in the in-game “tricktionary”. Timing tricks and landing them with a good rating (sloppy, ok, sick, then perfect) can be difficult at first, but there is a pretty good tutorial that will ease you into the game. OlliOlli/OlliOlli2 are fast paced games. While your maximum skating speed is limited, grinds can increase your speed, and timing your tricks becomes a true challenge to your reflexes. The pace of the game can make performing intricate tricks difficult, so getting a good combo or finishing a level without getting a sloppy rating is rewarding and a lot of fun.
OlliOlli and OlliOlli2 have two main modes of playing. The Career mode where you progress through levels to unlock more stages, and the Spots mode where you try to string together the largest combo possible. In Career mode you are also given a set of objectives in each level. The objectives are fun and getting a perfect five-star rating can be a very satisfying experience. Both modes use the same level maps and there are 25 levels in OlliOlli and OlliOlli2 for a total of 50 levels. Every five levels are grouped as a theme, and the themes are distinctly different from each other through both games. Additionally, there is a daily grind feature where you must attempt to get the highest score in the world. It’s not really a fun mode considering its really unlikely that you’ll even be near the top score. The final mode is exclusive to OlliOlli2 and it’s a split screen multiplayer mode where you battle other players for the highest score. More and more games are excluding split screen modes, so this was a welcomed feature.
Here is the official OlliOlli2 launch trailer:
OlliOlli: Epic Combo Edition is fast paced and stays true to its style. Getting good scores can be tricky, but overall the games included are pretty straightforward and enjoyable. I can see both kids and adults alike enjoying OlliOlli: Epic Combo Edition. For half the price of regular games I would definitely recommend this title if you’re into skating or just some simple fun. I rate OlliOlli: Epic Combo Edition a 9/10.