Day 1227: Slalom

Posted: 2014/03/21 in Indie Games

Perhaps you played this as “Ski”, released on the Commodore 64 in 1983, as I did. There have been other games in the downhill skiing genre over the years too, for all manner of 8-bit systems (even a 16-bit system, if the Intellivision is included). “Slalom” is an homage to that classic genre, but with better music, and the ability to collect bonus point pick-ups as you go down the mountainside (a feature I don’t recall seeing in it before). You can also set the speed you play at, another feature that (believe it or not) many of these games didn’t have back in the day (though some sped up automatically, gradually).

Is this likely to inspire legions of new fans? Maybe. More likely it’ll be worth a dollar to those with lots of nostalgia for “Horace Goes Skiing” and other games with this style of gameplay. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

Here’s what the publisher (Dain Reinhart) has to say about the game:

“Race your friends to the bottom of the mountain and collect bonus points along the way while listening to eight of Jessica Prouty’s best.”


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