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SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID Review

Official Score

Overall - 65%

65%

SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID’s minimalistic nature is both its greatest strength and its biggest weakness. Boiling the racing genre down to its most basic elements means that there’s absolutely no fluff, but this ultimately kills any replayability it may have had.

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A risk-reward title that encourages wild driving, kunstwerk’s SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID (yes, we checked that we spelled that correctly) has players burning rubber to get ahead. Does this time-honored tradition translate well to this title, or have players seen this play out one too many times before?

SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID Review

Each of SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID’s 30 levels keeps things simple and to the point. Your hot set of wheels needs some fuel, and there just so happens to be fuel cans dotting the landscape. With your foot on the gas, players can pick up the pace and enter a skid the moment they turn left or right. Players will be able to do so with either the WASD keys or arrow keys, but there’s no need to worry about anything else but direction. Collect each can, watch the screen flash with joy on each one, and move on to the next stage.

However, there lies an always-imminent danger with the buzzsaws that also inhabit each world. Whether they be right in front of you or slowly creeping in from the sides, players will have to contend with these threats as they maneuver around. All poor unfortunate souls that touch one meet an untimely demise, so it pays to be perfect.

This combo is simple at its core, and SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID’s minimalistic presentation really drives this fact home. However, what is here works as it should. Players won’t be playing around with gears or even hitting the breaks; rather, what is here is pure and works as it should. While it takes some getting used to, those who can wrap their head around its system will enjoy hitting the perfect line to get ahead. It can be tricky at certain moments, but even the most challenging level of the lot can be vanquished without too much frustration.

It’s just a shame that this simplicity also applies to this game’s depth. Each level has just a handful of gas canisters, and collecting them all in the perfect run can easily be done in less than a minute, if not less than 30 seconds.

While it’s nice that this game is a tight package, it also prevents players from coming back to this title again down the road. Completing its suite of levels takes around 40 minutes if you’re really pacing yourself, which is good for the price tag but somewhat limited in its lasting appeal. No achievements, timer, or anything other than a menu select with all levels unlocked are available. While it’s nice that the color scheme for each level changes on each attempt, there’s little variety between each run and levels quickly start to bleed together.

SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID’s minimalistic nature is both its greatest strength and its biggest weakness. Boiling the racing genre down to its most basic elements means that there’s absolutely no fluff, but this ultimately kills any replayability it may have had.

This review of SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
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