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<a website Skate is a skateboarding simulator with excellent gameplay, letting you use precise touch-screen controls to pull off complex tricks as you explore a 3D skate park.
The 3D graphics are a sight to behold with realistic-looking obstacles, multiple light sources, and natural-looking shadows — all with high frame rates. The sounds are great as well, with sounds for every kick to go faster across the pavement and the tell-tale high-pitched grinding noise as you slide down a metal rail.
There are no buttons in the control system for True Skate. You’ll need to swipe next to the board to kick up to speed, then touch and drag to a side to make the board turn. You can perform tricks by flicking at different parts of the board depending on what you want to do. A flick off the back of the board makes you perform an ollie (launching your board into the air), while a flick off the front does a nollie (similar but using the front part of the board to jump). While in the air, you can flick the board to perform flip tricks and touch it again at the right moment to stop the rotation in time to land back on the ground. There are an enormous number of named tricks you can perform, all of which show up in a list once you’ve successfully land them.