Snowboarding is all the rage both on the slopes and on console systems, so why shouldn't the Game Boy Color get its very own snowboarding game? Despite the graphical limitations of the format, Boarder Zone manages to pack more than 20 tricks--performed by using various button and control pad combinations--and several courses into the game.
Choosing from four cute boarder characters, players race on five unique courses. Gamers can race a computer-controlled opponent, race against the clock, or thrash out as many tricks as possible. Other racing modes include challenge, practice, and a race ghost mode in which players compete against saved single-player races in an attempt to improve their best times and scores.
The game's graphics are colorful, if a little on the flat side. Racing doesn't exactly provide a rush, but Boarder Zone's steadier tempo makes the fun tricks that much easier to set up and pull off. --Robb Guido
- Full repertoire of tricks
- Cute characters
- Flat graphics
- The action is rather slow
In what is being billed as the first snowboarding simulation on the Game Boy Color, Boarder Zone will put you on some fresh powder with some fast boards--but it's up to you to get the big air. Choose between four characters, each with different abilities. You can try out more than 20 tricks such as grabs, spins, and flips. In nine game modes, you'll race other boarders, shoot the slalom, and compete in the trick attack. Also, Boarder Zone can provide you with a Race Ghost, your own personal racing assistant, who will show you how to take the humps and flip the dips.