10 tips to stay tricky in OlliOlli (Sponsored)
Jun 10, 2015 10:30 AM –
Kick, push, it’s all in the mind
By Henry Gilbert
The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV system is now available, starting at $199, and OlliOlli is one of the most compelling games you’ll find on it. The game reinvents the skateboard for players everywhere with an appealingly retro flavor. However, you should go in knowing that your first hour or so might not be all that fun.
Learning the basics of OlliOlli isn’t the typical five minute conversation with an NPC. After picking up your nifty Shield controller, you’ll likely see your character fall flat on their face over and over while you’re trying to do the simplest of kickflips. For those having trouble getting into the groove, here are 10 quick tips for OlliOlli novices…
- Seriously, do the tutorial – Your gut might tell you to skip the basic lessons and jump right into the first level. Don’t! OlliOlli likely plays like no sports game you’ve ever experienced, whether on NVIDIA SHIELD or elsewhere, and you have to learn how to crawl before you can walk, let alone land a Salad Flip. Take your time and master landing the perfect ollie before moving on, because your hike up the learning curve begins here.
- Remember your Street Fighter training – Once you’ve got a grasp on OlliOlli’s most rudimentary moves, it’s time to get a little flashier. Most of the more complicated tricks begin with kicking off the ground, then rotating the stick a quarter, half, or full circle counterclockwise. If it feels odd at first, just tell yourself you’re doing Ryu’s Hadouken in Street Fighter, because it starts with the same basic motion. That should help kick your muscle memory into gear.
- A.B.G.: Always be grinding – You want to string together bigger combos? Well, that won’t happen with all your wheels on the ground. Grinding on rails and ledges is where OlliOlli opens up, giving you ample opportunity to connect moves. If you see a grindable surfaces, you better find a way to get your deck on it. And try pushing the stick in different directions on a lengthy grind to pull off more tricks and stack up multipliers.
- Plan your trips – The levels might fly by fast, but OlliOlli’s courses are plenty dense. If you want to get the most out of the stage, plan your trip accordingly. You’ll likely have to restart often thanks to trial and error, so be sure to stay observant. Keep mental notes so you can be thinking about your next five tricks on the way to high score dominance.
- Keep your kicks fresh – Once you master the timing of a trick in OlliOlli, you’ll want to stay with what’s comfortable, and that’s dangerous. The game keeps track of an overused kickflip or ollie, and you’ll get fewer points from stale tricks. Study the game’s “Trickionary” to catalogue a variety of moves to keep your points high.
- Be ready to risk everything – Nothing ventured in OlliOlli means no points gained. You could try to keep safe, and sometimes you should when just trying to hit goals for unlockables. Still, when you’re getting more and more multipliers, don’t be scared to try some new, extra tricky jump on a run you’re already familiar with. Land it and you’ll double your combos or even discover a new area. If you wipeout, you restart fast enough that you won’t even have time to regret it.
- As in comedy, timing is everything – This is hammered into your head during tutorials, but this bares repeating: mastering your timing on landings is key. Whether on the ground or between rails, sticking the move just right can make the difference between a good score and a great score. Keep practicing and you should at least be getting a “Sick” every time.
- Actually read those in-game tips – You may be used to on-screen tips telling a silly joke or restating something you already know, but don’t make that assumption with OlliOlli. Developers Roll7 spell out level objectives pretty clearly, and the tips on the bottom of the screen often give hints on how to deal with some of the game’s toughest areas.
- Don’t forget that it’s also a platformer – OlliOlli is the heir apparent to Tony Hawk’s kingdom, but it also has more than a little in common with Mario. In career mode, you sometimes just need to focus on hopping your way to the end of the level simply to move on to the next stage. If you want to open up the world as fast as possible, treat OlliOlli like a platformer first, and a skater second.
- Listen carefully – Turn up the volume for this one, and not just for the killer soundtrack. OlliOlli has a number of audio cues that let you know when’s the right time to get a perfect landing. Open up your ears for those subtle sound effects, and your combo counter will keep heading up.
Just stick with it, and you’ll be at the top of NVIDIA SHIELD’s scoreboards. Good luck, sk8er bois.
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