I wrote about The Ramp a couple of weeks again once I thought it seemed like a cool little skateboarding recreation, however I’m writing about it once more now as a result of it’s out and I’ve performed it and it’s great.
Let’s set some expectations earlier than we start: The Ramp is a really small recreation. It prices $4.79 at launch. It’s acquired a handful of skaters to select from, it takes place on solely 4 phases, there’s no marketing campaign, no licensed soundtrack, no extravaganza of sponsored content material or unlockable visitor stars.
What it does have are two issues: an isometric viewpoint and a beautifully-tuned set of controls, with which it desires you to simply sit again, unwind and skate to your coronary heart’s content material. That’s it! This recreation is a plaything, a set of 4 clean canvases—every providing barely completely different challenges, from commonplace vert ramps to monumental jumps—upon which you’re free to simply skate nonetheless the hell you need.
There’s no stress over your combo rating, no time restrict gnawing away at you, no leaderboards and no multiplayer. Should you most well-liked Skate over THPS as a result of it introduced issues again a bit of nearer to simply the act of skating, then The Ramp takes issues about way back to they will get whereas nonetheless being about skating.
Whereas the subject material couldn’t be additional aside, it pushes lots of the identical buttons that Townscaper did for me, in that it takes a style of online game I’m very into and simply strips it again to its most important components, the place freed from additional penalties or layers of gameplay you’re capable of simply…take pleasure in them as they’re.
The Ramp is a skating sandbox, then, a implausible exploration of simply how enjoyable the act of skating, crashing (the crash physics listed here are bone-crunchingly cute) and getting again up once more could be if you’re solely doing it for your self and the inherent pleasure to be discovered within the act itself.
It’s out now on Steam.