Hey it’s Sam, and when gaming and voting collide, we have another fresh-off-the-grill Game n Vote to kick off the beginning of August! 😀 Another one from Flapjack (click here if you missed the first), this game takes the water and freezes it into a winter wonderland in today’s harbor adventure, Thrills and Chills.

The title screen has to be the most enticing aspect of the game itself.

If you thought Adventure Bound was a ridiculous concept, you ain’t seen nothing yet! It has to be the easiest, most tedious, and most nettlesome* game I’ve ever played. (*nettlesome = annoying) Do you know how hard it was to compensate to that pestiferous theme song while making this post alone?

THE STORYLINE

Flapjack has found a new winter adventure: Flipping and flying all over Stormalong Harbor!…Yes, that’s it.

THE CONCEPT

You have to make Flapjack do flips on a piece of wood as the snowy, woody ground slopes down, curves up, and makes gaps to trick over…or fall into, which is A) hilarious, and B) what that little kid deserves. If this is the future of Tony Hawk games, then I’ll never buy another Activision product again.

Flapjack flips out!

THE PRESENTATION

The game has an interface with ‘PLAY’ carved into the snow (what.), and some wintery music playing in the background. But all the game breaks down to is: Jump, make a trick. Jump, make another trick. Jump, bail face-first. Rinse and repeat. There’s no collection of levels to progress onto; it’s just one undersized level that you have the power to begin, but you don’t know when it ends. There’s not even any other characters, or better boards. It’s just Flapjack and a lousy piece of wood. Would you want to play that for a half hour?

THE GAMEPLAY

This is another Flapjack game where the mouse is a main component. With your cursor in play, you click to crouch, and release to jump. Airborne, you click to do flips for speed and extra time. There’s pretty much nothing beyond that. So, it’s kind of a letdown. I guess I’ll have to say it now: SON, I AM DISAPPOINT. It’s easier than peeling a banana, but as tedious as the latest Harry Potter game. Maybe even more.

The easiest controls in the world, in a nutshell.

THE PLUSSES

You’re probably wondering, “Sam, why are there even any plusses?” And, my friend, it’s because I SAID SO. (The nicer way to translate it is, “Because there simply are plusses.”)

  • 🙂 At least the controls are easy to learn.
  • 🙂 When you pick up speed, it gets more “thrilling” than usual.
  • 🙂 At least the Flapjack model looks good.

THE MINUSES

Oh, here we go…

  • 😦 The game has the most annoying theme song ever. (Adventure Bound, you’ve been dethroned.) And when it ends, it loops right back into the beginning.
  • 😦 You’re more likely to bail than to boost, and did I mention the time spent bailing clocks in at 3 SECONDS?!?!
  • 😦 You don’t know when the level will end. You could be preparing for an epic trick, but then Flapjack bails off board himself and begins dancing, which marks the end of the thrills and chills.
  • 😦 Did I mention that you can’t play again? No, literally. You try to hit ‘PLAY AGAIN’, and the game is unresponsive. Ignorant.
  • 😦 You’re doomed for a face full of snow when you wind back on the tip of your board? 😡 It’s like doing a manual, and those always work!!!
  • 😦 No voice acting. None at all. No “whees”, no hysterical laughter, no “oofs” in mid-bail? That’s another slab of perfectly good character stripped away.
  • 😦 The worst sound effects ever in a game. When you bail, it sounds like a car horn mixed with a swung golf club.
  • 😦 The most tedious and repetitive Flapjack game I’ve ever played. (Adventure Bound, you just got dethroned again!)

You call this rewarding? I call it punishment.

THE VERDICT

For a frosty frolic, Thrills and Chills is not your ideal game with tedious gameplay, an annoying theme song, and bad sound effects. But for all who are desperate for something wintery, you could give it a try…but don’t come to me looking all disappointed and say, “Sam told me to.” This game gets a “fair” 6.0 out of 10. Or, as IGN would do it…

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– Sam

 

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