I'm not a big sports fan, in real life or on the consoles. But there is one exception: snowboarding titles. I can't get enough of them. 1080 Snowboarding on the N64, SSX on the PS2, SSX Blur on the Wii -- I just love them. Sadly, none of the snowboarding games available in the App Store have really been able to do it for me. Compared to SSX on Tour for the PSP, they generally just look fairly weak.

Well, I'm happy to report that, at long last, a quality snowboarding title has landed on the iPhone. X2 Snowboarding [App Store] from Exient is a highly enjoyable romp on the slopes that sets itself apart from the crowd in a number of ways.

The first thing you'll notice about X2 Snowboarding is its stylized graphical presentation. The game features particularly detailed cel-shaded graphics reminiscent of the exceptional Jet Grind Radio for the Dreamcast. They give the game something of a cartoony rather than realistic look, but compared to its App Store contemporaries, it looks just great.

You've got a crowd of six boarders to choose from, each of a different nationality and with highly varied skill sets. Six different venues there are, as well, set in as many countries: USA, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, and Chile. Upon each set of slopes there are three different types of competitions: Freestyle, Race, and Trick-Race. The slopes are impressively long and more varied than one might expect, providing a satisfying chunk of gameplay across the available types of competitions.

Another thing that sets X2 Snowboarding apart is the feel of its controls. Oh, there's nothing unexpected about the configuration, with a combination of tilt and touch controls (that can be customized) -- it's more the general feel I'm referring to. Everything just feels a little "looser" than one might expect. But it's not a bad thing, in fact, somehow it feels quite right combined with the game's stylized visuals. And speaking of visuals, a nice instant-replay system lets you see your best moves over and over from various camera angles.

Gameplay is solid and heavy on the tricks. On-screen buttons control jump, speed boost, and "wheelies" which can be used to tie together tricks -- and the trick system works great. Once in the air, you can swipe (or tilt, depending on your settings) in any direction to rotate thus, and tap on the left and right board icons that just appeared to perform various grabs. The more tricks you can tie together, the higher your score, the more speed boosts you can trigger, and the better gear you can grab in the shop to tweak your game.

Adding to the experience is a great soundtrack with songs that can be purchased through iTunes. Another feature we're glad to see is local, Bluetooth and WiFi multiplayer -- for now -- with online multiplayer to come in the game's first update, which will be in the App Store soon.

All of the aspects of X2 Snowboarding come together to deliver a highly enjoyable game with a surprising sense of speed and immersion. I've spent much time with this one so far, and I don't see that trend changing anytime soon. If you're a gamer that likes to tear up the slopes on occasion, do not let this one pass you by.

App Store Link: X2 Snowboarding, $6.99

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  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    It looks alright, but I have to say ... that is some of the most cringeworthy voice acting I've ever heard. And I've played the House of the Dead games.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      No doubt. Fortunately, someone mentioned you can turn off the voices, in one of the comments in the previous article about the game. That'll be the first thing I do.

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    It looks alright, but I have to say ... that is some of the most cringeworthy voice acting I've ever heard. And I've played the House of the Dead games.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      No doubt. Fortunately, someone mentioned you can turn off the voices, in one of the comments in the previous article about the game. That'll be the first thing I do.

  • GodSon

    Pretty spot on. I picked this up the second it became available. Result: I deleted all other snowboarding games from my iPod Touch because X2 really seperates itself from the others. I would only add a create a character option. That's about it. Solid game.

  • GodSon

    Pretty spot on. I picked this up the second it became available. Result: I deleted all other snowboarding games from my iPod Touch because X2 really seperates itself from the others. I would only add a create a character option. That's about it. Solid game.

  • BILL

    rofl i love the part "This is shit!"

    • Constable Odo

      I think he said "Man, that was sick." Would Apple allow something like you said? I'm just asking.

      • SiDCrAzY

        Yes, they would allow it. GTA: CTW has worse language than that, though I'm not saying that's what he said. Haven't bothered watching the vid, just making a point.

  • BILL

    rofl i love the part "This is shit!"

    • Constable Odo

      I think he said "Man, that was sick." Would Apple allow something like you said? I'm just asking.

      • SiDCrAzY

        Yes, they would allow it. GTA: CTW has worse language than that, though I'm not saying that's what he said. Haven't bothered watching the vid, just making a point.

  • Passenger 58

    This game totally rapes any other snowboarding game on the iphone, hands down. If you are at all nervous, don't be. Great controls, graphics, sound, and a rewind feature make this game one not to be missed.

  • Passenger 58

    This game totally rapes any other snowboarding game on the iphone, hands down. If you are at all nervous, don't be. Great controls, graphics, sound, and a rewind feature make this game one not to be missed.

  • Frej444

    I'm in love, this game is Awesome. and not just Awesome, it IS Awesome.
    Enough said. (GO GET IT AS FAST AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE)

  • Frej444

    I'm in love, this game is Awesome. and not just Awesome, it IS Awesome.
    Enough said. (GO GET IT AS FAST AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE)

  • http://pitchthat.com pitchthat dot com

    Bought this based on TA's review.... It's great. Upset i shelled out for Shaun White (which blowed). X2 Snowboarding is very very good. Touch Arcade has the review spot on once again.

  • http://pitchthat.com pitchthat dot com

    Bought this based on TA's review.... It's great. Upset i shelled out for Shaun White (which blowed). X2 Snowboarding is very very good. Touch Arcade has the review spot on once again.

  • Bruce

    Think I might buy this - I have checked out several snowboarding ga
    es and they have been pretty weak, including Shaun White.

  • Bruce

    Think I might buy this - I have checked out several snowboarding ga
    es and they have been pretty weak, including Shaun White.

  • br1an

    Is there an option to turn off the music?

  • br1an

    Is there an option to turn off the music?

  • Gut

    this game is by far the best snowboard game on the appstore it is still not perfect in controlls but it is worth the money and for any skiing or snowboard fans it is a must buy

  • Gut

    this game is by far the best snowboard game on the appstore it is still not perfect in controlls but it is worth the money and for any skiing or snowboard fans it is a must buy

  • http://www.snowboarder-mike.com Mike

    Definitively... the best snowboarding game! full stop.

  • http://www.snowboarder-mike.com Mike

    Definitively... the best snowboarding game! full stop.

  • The King

    Did someone know the Cheats for this game?

  • The King

    Did someone know the Cheats for this game?