Solipskier

Editor’s note: this review was originally written in 2010

This simple yet addictive flash game-turned app comes from the minds of Mikengreg Games. The concept seems simple enough, use your finger to draw a slope for the Solipskier to ski down. You can make jumps, go through tunnels, and avoid “Red lines” (that are instant Game Overs). What makes the game so difficult and addictive is that no two games are ever the same!

The objective in this game is to go the longest you can without dying, while speeding down ramps, slaloming through tunnels and… well jumping jumps. This is all done in combination to make your score as high as possible before the inevitable crash. What makes it difficult is that the higher the combo is, the faster your Slolipskier will go. Oh yeah, and there’s also very little reaction time in between tunnels, jumps and so forth.

Despite the simple graphics for the game, you’ll be yelling “OMGRAINBOWS!” when you get the combo, “weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” when you’re flying 1200km in the air, and “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!” when you accidentally go through the forced-ledge jump instead of over it.

There is a free to play version of the game here which I HIGHLY recommend playing. Once you’ve played it through a few times, you will instantly be hooked, and will play until you realize you’ve let hours go by without quitting.

The high energy music, awesome sound effects and challenging (but never the same) run that you control will guarantee that you’ll play the game over and over and over again. Unfortunately there is no Yeti that will devour you after you’ve run the course long enough… I’m hoping for that in a future update.

The app is $0.99 and can be downloaded on iPhone or Android