I've been a fan of extreme sports games since Skate or Die on my NES, and while there have been a number of really great skateboarding games on the App Store, the available snowboarding titles have left something to be desired. X2 Snowboarding is the first snowboarding game I've played on my iPhone that does a great job of combining all the vital components of a good extreme sports game.

Most immediately noticeable in X2 Snowboarding is the cool cell shaded graphics that encapsulate the entire game. All of the different snowboarders you can choose from look really cool, and both the snow and weather effects are well done. When you're doing good in game, multi-colored snowflakes explode from your character and when you wipe out you often kick up a huge puff of snow. Even with all this visual flair, X2 Snowboarding runs at a really high framerate on my iPhone 3GS, although because of the limitations of preview builds I wasn't able to test performance on previous-generation devices.

The game is controlled with a mixture of tilting to steer and using a number of different on-screen buttons. When you're airborne, or on a rail the buttons disappear and a trick interface shows up as an on-screen snowboard with different tricks you can perform depending where you touch. For instance, nose or tail grabs are executed by jumping off a ramp then touching the top or the bottom of the snowboard.

Doing tricks fills up your "joost meter" at the bottom of the screen, and using this stored up joost you can go in to a slow motion adrenaline mode for a brief period of time, rewind back before a wipe out, or even boost to fly off ramps. The system works really well, and any mistakes you make are easily undone thanks to the rewind function.

X2 Snowboarding is a really in-depth game with many different mountains with different courses, hidden coins to find on each course, and snowboards you can buy with those coins. Each of the riders have different statistics, there's a replay system, and much like other extreme sports games you can string together massive combos for huge point totals. X2 Snowboarding has already been submitted to Apple and is expected to be released very soon. We'll take an in-depth look at the game as soon as its available.

  • Aaron

    The graphics remind me of Borderlands.

  • Aaron

    The graphics remind me of Borderlands.

  • Hmar9333

    I agree.

    I won't be able to play this game though, the voice of the character pisses me off 'that' much.

    And no, I can't just mute it, for I will know that the voice is still there, still speaking...

    silently.

  • Hmar9333

    I agree.

    I won't be able to play this game though, the voice of the character pisses me off 'that' much.

    And no, I can't just mute it, for I will know that the voice is still there, still speaking...

    silently.

  • GodSon

    Not only an insta buy but finally a solid looking snowboarding game worth getting and not deleting for space.

  • GodSon

    Not only an insta buy but finally a solid looking snowboarding game worth getting and not deleting for space.

  • OhSoleMio

    Hmmmm wonder how it will run on the 3G.

    I would love a good snowboarding game. As long as it runs well on a 3G that is. I'm spending too much money this month. Haha

  • OhSoleMio

    Hmmmm wonder how it will run on the 3G.

    I would love a good snowboarding game. As long as it runs well on a 3G that is. I'm spending too much money this month. Haha

  • Fletch

    Only if it had skiers...woulda been an instant buy for me...

  • Fletch

    Only if it had skiers...woulda been an instant buy for me...

  • Septimus

    I'l buy it as long as the character can STFU. How annoying?

  • Septimus

    I'l buy it as long as the character can STFU. How annoying?

  • http://www.x2snowboarding.com/ X2 Gamer

    The game runs fine on a 3G - the music is turned off in game by default on a 3G to improve performance.

    And yes you can turn off the voices too :P

  • http://www.x2snowboarding.com/ X2 Gamer

    The game runs fine on a 3G - the music is turned off in game by default on a 3G to improve performance.

    And yes you can turn off the voices too :P

  • http://www.x2snowboarding.com/ X2 Gamer

    The game runs fine on a 3G - the music is turned off in game by default on a 3G to improve performance.

    And yes you can turn off the voices too :P

  • http://www.x2snowboarding.com/ X2 Gamer

    The game runs fine on a 3G - the music is turned off in game by default on a 3G to improve performance.

    And yes you can turn off the voices too :P

  • trigger2343

    Looks the bomb!!! gfx reminds me of Jet Set Radio also :)

  • trigger2343

    Looks the bomb!!! gfx reminds me of Jet Set Radio also :)

  • sparky_slippers

    I like the cell shaded effects. Looks like it might be worth a buy =)

  • sparky_slippers

    I like the cell shaded effects. Looks like it might be worth a buy =)

  • Bobba

    Looks very good! VO not to my taste, but if you can turn it off, that'll do!

    Will give this a go, looks way better than Shaun White which was woeful. The platform is due a good boarding game, this could be it!

  • Bobba

    Looks very good! VO not to my taste, but if you can turn it off, that'll do!

    Will give this a go, looks way better than Shaun White which was woeful. The platform is due a good boarding game, this could be it!

  • hitch

    "The game runs fine on a 3G – the music is turned off in game by default on a 3G to improve performance."

    Lol, did you program this in java ? Is that a port from an android game or what ? get some dev with skills ;)

  • hitch

    "The game runs fine on a 3G – the music is turned off in game by default on a 3G to improve performance."

    Lol, did you program this in java ? Is that a port from an android game or what ? get some dev with skills ;)

  • http://www.geekword.net Muhammad Ali

    The app has went live. Check it out here http://www.geekword.net/x2-snowboarding-for-iphone/

  • http://www.geekword.net Muhammad Ali

    The app has went live. Check it out here http://www.geekword.net/x2-snowboarding-for-iphone/