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Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

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The Nintendo DS version was developed by Vicarious Visions, who gained much experience with the Tony Hawk franchise by adapting almost every previous version for Game Boy Advance as well as Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land for Nintendo DS.

The DS version has six tracks, each four times larger than a typical level from Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land. In its story, you recruit skaters into your skate crew and battle a rival crew run by Antonio Segul (a reference to Tony Hawk, being a bird's name), an oldschool skater trapped in the 80s. The DS version has a similar character set to the Wii version, as well as the ability to create a character and customize his or her appearance, stats, and special tricks.

The DS version maintains a traditional Tony Hawk control scheme, and much of the same trick set from Sk8land. However, flip tricks can now be held like grab tricks, reverts are eliminated, and the bert slide has been optimized for downhill racing. Additionally a combo buffer has been implemented. When a combo is broken, the player has a few seconds (a buffer) to start a trick again and save the combo. The player is allowed 20 buffers per combo, making the maximum score of 100 million points per combo still difficult to obtain.

[edit] Nintendo Wi-Fi
According to IGN's Craig Harris, "the online component in the game easily makes Tony Hawk one of the deepest multiplayer titles on the system."[1]

[edit] Online Community
The DS Version has an integrated online community at which is designed by Spiral Design Studio and developed and managed by Agora Games.

The community website's About Page[2] lists a number of the game's Nintendo Wi-Fi features, including players' ability to upload and share scores and game replays, as well as create and join Sk8 Crews with friends on the community site. There is concern amongst the community about the merit of the scoreboards since some players use exploits to obtain high scores. Others refuse to use "cheap lines" at the expense of a potentially higher score.

Additional Content

New content is regularly released for the game, including one new downloadable challenge every week. Additionally, community members can work together to achieve Community Unlockables - new characters and downloadable art, unlocked when a community-wide goal has been achieved.[3]

Art Editor

The Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam Art Editor allows players to create custom Graffiti and Skate Decks, as well as Torsos and Pants for their skaters. Custom art can be uploaded, downloaded, rated, and shared on the community site. Players are allowed to store an unlimited amount of artwork in their online collections.

[edit] Online Multiplayer
The game's Wi-Fi compatibility connects Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam players from around the world in the game modes listed below.

Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam DS supports live voice chat with friends during game play.[1] This is activated by pressing a button on the touch screen. Players are able to talk for up to five seconds at a time.

Unfortunately, friend matches are region locked. It is unknown if this is just a temporary bug or a permanent limitation.

Head to Head (2 to 4 players)

Random Play
Score Run
Elimination Race
Elimination Skate
Air Time
Grind Distance
Price is Wrong
Jam Style
Combo Mambo
Endurance Score
Co-op (2 players)

Team Marks
Team Jam Style
Team Score
Proximity Score
Team Air Time
Proximity Air Time
Team Grind Distance
Proximity Grind Distance
Team Time Trial
Proximity Time Trial
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