Skater Reviews – Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure. Lost Tony Hawk Game?

Skater Reviews – Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure. Lost Tony Hawk Game?


So I’ve been reviewing all of the Tony Hawk
games, which means that I have to take a look at Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure on the
PS2 and Xbox. How does this relate to Tony Hawk, and is
it any good? Let’s take a look. Here at Rad Rat Video, I cover topics from
all corners of the skateboard world. I look at skating video games, talk about
trick histories, and look at the latest in skateboard technology. If any of that sounds good, hit subscribe. And one of the things I’ve been doing is reviewing
all the Tony Hawk games, but we have to take a small detour and talk about Disney’s Extreme
Skate Adventure… and that’s because this game is actually just a reskin of Tony Hawk
4. I didn’t know about that until I played
THUG Pro, which is a mod that lets you play all the PS2-era levels in one game. In there, you get these Disney levels, and
you can skate around in Andy’s room from Toy Story. So clearly there’s some kind of connection. So what’s the story behind this game? Well it came out in September 2003, almost
a year after Tony Hawk 4 and a month or two behind Underground, depending on the platform. It was developed by Toys for Bob, who you
might remember as the guys behind Downhill Jam on the Wii a couple of years later. I reviewed this already, before i started
doing them in order. This is their first skateboarding game, but
not their first Disney game, because they made this gem a couple years prior. (102 Dalmatians) So they’re not exactly a triple A developer,
but they’re starting with a really solid engine… Let’s see if they were able to make something
out of it. The gameplay looks and feels a lot like what
you’d expect, but do yourself a favor – turn pro controls on as soon as you can. This will make the game control like Tony
Hawk. With it off, a lot of the controls are context-based,
and they don’t even make sense. I couldn’t figure out how to do a manual
on purpose even though it would happen sometimes on its own. The flow of the gameplay is just like Tony
4 – skate around until you find someone to give you a challenge. Now, one of my biggest complaints with the
main game was the acting and the pointless story stuff. That’s still here… but it’s in a Disney
world with characters that have personality. So it’s not nearly as bad. The army men want you to do challenges and
overcome obstacles, basic training style. [example] The green alien guys are trying to do things
in service to the claw And the high scores are a way to challenge
Scar in the Lion King. So I think the acting actually kind of works
here. It gets you more into the story, and lets
you feel like the skateboarding stuff actually fits into the world. But as for the stuff you do, it’s just straight
up Tony Hawk. Get high scores and collect skate letters. There’s even stuff ripped directly from
the game, like this one. In Alcatraz, you have to skitch to clear this
gap and then get a certain height and a certain distance. In the last Toy Story level, you do the exact
same thing with a spaceship. But there are two things that this game does
significantly different. First is the collectibles. So, each character has a certain item you
have to collect to finish the challenge. Woody has badges, Timon and Pumba have tasty
grubs, Tarzan has spearheads. That means that every character has to play
every level if you want to 100% complete the game. I tried to do this, but it really sucks after
the first playthough. I got everything with Woody, but trying to
get them all as Buzz Lightyear is a pain because you aren’t exploring the level doing challenges
anymore. You’re just looking for stuff, and it’s
really tedious. When you get them all in a level, you unlock
a special trick. But the other thing they added is boss fights. So here’s how the game works. There are 3 worlds – Toy Story, Lion King
and Tarzan. Each has 3 unique levels that you can only
play with characters from that world. There are certain challenges in each story
that can only be done by certain characters though. And in the Toy Story world, only Buzz Lightyear
can fight the boss, Emperor Zurg. He does this by doing a loop, which makes
these platforms pop up. Then you have to grab this thing, which powers
down part of his platform. Get them all and he falls. Then you can play as him and do his unique
challenge too. But don’t expect this to be hard. The game is for kids. You can breeze through the whole thing in
a couple hours if you don’t bother with the collecting stuff. Another way they simplified the game for kids
is by cutting the trick selection way down. There are no nollies, no complies or bonelesses. You can’t do wallrides either. There’s only one manual per character, 2
flip tricks, 4 grabs and a couple of specials. The reason for this is because each character
has unique stuff. Everyone has kickflips, but they had to be
re-animated for all the different body types and boards. Then there’s one advanced flip trick. Woody drops tre flips, Timon and Pumba do
a shove it, and on and on. The grinds are all unique too – like Tarzan’s
‘Hot foot’. So, sure, there are less tricks per character,
but probably only because it was so much work making the ones that are in the game. The human kids have some real-ish tricks,
but we’ll get to them in a minute. And you’ll want to hang in for that, because
it gets really weird. But the limited tricks have a big affect on
the way you play the game. Collecting the special Toy Story logo in every
level can take some strategizing since you can’t pull the old wallride to grind to
wallride to grind trick to climb buildings. You can still do spine transfers and reverts,
but the high scores are so easy that there isn’t much of a need for it, and there aren’t
even any spines in the game anyway. You’re mostly seeing footage of the Toy
Story levels in the game, and there’s a reason for that. They’re the only good ones. Grinding on the stuff in Andy’s room and
skating the kitchen in the arcade are pretty cool. There are quarter pipes and rails and all
kinds of normal stuff, just done in a Toy Story theme. But the other levels are all rocks and sticks
and logs, and it’s harder to tell what everything is supposed to be. Is this a quarter pipe or what? The elephant graveyard in the Lion King levels
are so dark that it’s hard to see, and you’ll run into all kinds of weird unrecognizable
stuff. Plus you can drop to your death if you go
the wrong way. I feel like these levels would work well as
a platform game, like Spyro or Mario, but they aren’t the best skating levels. But there is one more level, Olliewood, only
accessible by humans. This level has some challenges itself, but
it also acts as a hub world so you can skate in the other worlds too. The kid has some pretty fresh tricks though
– like hurricanes and bluntslides. He can also do a weird late frontside 360
shove it. Of course, they don’t use the real names
for any of this stuff for whatever reason. Maybe ‘blunt’ and ‘shove it’ are potentially
offensive for Disney audiences. And with this being a human-shaped character,
mostly, why not use all the tricks from Tony Hawk? This kid should be throwing nollie hards and
overcrooks all over this town. He’s got caspers locked though! That’s pretty cool. So you do all the basic challenges here, like
getting a high score and collecting SKATE. You also find bottles of pop for this thirsty
dude in the grocery store. But then you run into this weird challenge. They must not have had very much confidence
in this game, because it has the most blatant product placement I’ve ever seen in a video
game. Just look at this. So the local friendly McDonald’s wants to
help out their regulars and deliver their food to them since they’re too busy to come
in like they always do. I mean, everyone loves McDonald’s, so the
whole town goes there every day. For each delivery, they show a carefully rendered
model of the food, then the person you deliver it to is just so excited to get it. There’s a McDonald’s cameo in Tony Hawk’s
Underground, which came out a couple months after this, but it’s not nearly so bad. I’ll talk about that more when I review
it. But it’s not just McDonald’s! The Nokia one is much much worse. So this dude just got his sweet new Nokia
phone that can play amazing ringtones! Everyone in the town just got the same phone,
so he wants you to go listen to their ringtones. You have to go around and find everyone, including
an old man and a weird pirate fisherman guy, who just so happen to be up on the latest
technology, and you have to sit through listening to their ringtone. It’s unskippable. You can skip most of the dialogue in the game,
but this paid-for ringtone ad? Nope. Looking back on this, it’s completely ridiculous
that they would brag about these crappy ringtones. And they didn’t even play nice versions
of the melodies, they actually made it sound like it was coming out of crappy early 2000s
cellphones. Worse yet, when you get them all, the whole
town gathers together and has a dance party to the amazing music coming from their Nokias. Again, this is unskippable, and stupidly long. Wow. I played this level last, and there’s nothing
like that in the Disney worlds, for obvious reasons. You can’t really shoehorn a Nokia ad into
the Lion King universe. So what’s the verdict on this game? Is it any good? You know, for the first hour or so when I
was playing through the Toy Story stuff, I thought it was great. Maybe even better than Tony Hawk 4, despite
being so simple and easy. But the further I got into it, the more annoying
it was. The bad level design in the Tarzan and Lion
King worlds was frustrating, and seeing the same two tricks over and over and over was
tedious. But, it could have been a lot worse. There’s another Disney skateboarding game,
called Goofy Skateboarding. It’s… garbage. It’s like a free CD-ROM game that would
come with your AOL trial disc in 1998. It’s horrible! The controls barely work, the graphics are… You know what, I can’t do this right now. I’m going to have to review the game eventually,
but I have to wait until I’m having an amazing day. Beautiful, sunny day, vacation time from work,
cold drink in my hand, super relaxed. Then I might be able to play it for more than
a minute without wanting to punch through my computer. But the point is, Disney’s Extreme Skate
is much better than that. It actually works. I only had one real issue with getting stuck
in something. Aside from that, it plays well. The challenges make sense and are functional. For a kid’s skateboarding game, you could
do a lot worse, and this is probably the best one there is. I wouldn’t run out and buy it, but if you
have kids or something, it might not be a bad way to go if you see it for a couple bucks. So have you ever played this game before? Does it count as a Tony Hawk game? Let me know in the comments. Also, do you know about any kids’ skateboarding
games that are actually decent? Let me know. Thanks for checking out the video. If you liked it, hit the like button below
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100 thoughts on “Skater Reviews – Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure. Lost Tony Hawk Game?

  1. FYI incase know one has already told you can enable "pro controls" in options. This makes the tricks like thps4, including all double tap trick variations. You should try it with the real tricks enabled it is much better.

  2. I'm surprised it took you so long to mention the limited trick selection. I noticed that immediately and hated it. Pretty neat little spin-off though otherwise.

    I never played that human stuff in the game. Maybe it's because I didn't play for long enough. I like the Toy Story stuff the best too, it reminds me of Toy Story 2 for playstation, which is a great great game despite a rushed ending.

  3. Got it's because I heard it was thps engine, never really played it though. I liked the goofy skateboarding game though it was ass

  4. I used to play it back in 05 or 06, and I loved it. My friends and I used to rock that spot at the port.

  5. Am I the only one who liked this game? Okay, as a kid it was awesome. Nowadays. I play this when my sister plays it, usually play horse with her. I always win.

    I will always remember playing my own character and then hopping into Andy’s room, and pizza planet. Best parts.

    All of the Disney levels were fine.

  6. I remember playing this game. And although it never happened, I can picture a "Disney's Extreme Skateboard Adventure 2" where it features content from Disney/Pixar's "Monsters Inc.", Disney/Pixar and Marvel Studios' "Big Hero 6", Disney's "Frozen", and Disney/Lucasfilm's "Star Wars". Playable characters would include Sulley, Mike Wazowski, Randall Boggs, Hiro, Baymax, Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Darth Vader, Yoda, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, Rey, and your own custom skater. There could also be an enhanced version of the create-a-skater mode, plus some unlockable costumes for the characters, and a level editor with elements from Disney-fied levels.

  7. 1st Skateboarding game and 2nd PS2 game ever! This is what got me into the Tony Hawk franchise and it was super fun for me

  8. ITS SO FUCKING GOOD I LOVE THIS GAME AND THE SOUNDTRACK ITS AS GOOD AS WASTELAND AND UNDERGROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. It's odd that "simplified for kids" is a problem with a game (when you play it as an adult at least).
    I remember so many old games (including Lion King) that were so tough, I'm struggling with them even today, and I've seen modern Let's Players actually give up. 2D era kids games did not mess around.

  11. This is arguably one of the best and funnest Skateboarding games on the PS2/Xbox. When your a child you don't think or worry about most of the "problems" you mentioned in the game… you just wanna play it and have fun skating as your favorite Disney characters.

  12. mcdonalds is in this game too? do a series about all sk8 games with heavily noticeable marketing stuff. love these videos!!!

  13. Got it for a couple bucks, had high hopes and fun testing it, until the Mcdonalds mission and seeing all the other product placement.
    Thought about how insidious the whole thing was. Then I threw up in my mouth and put a note on it about product placement and put it on the shelf with the collection of better games.

  14. Why the fuck would they choose Tarzan AND Lion King? Why would they pick two jungle levels? They could have chosen Mulan and done some cool stuff with snow/ice or with pagodas and stuff, they could have picked Aladin and done cool stuff with agrabah and the cave of wonders, they could have picked hunchback to have an old village like environment, monster's inc could have been cool for a city, anything's better than 2 jungle levels.

  15. I dont know how many hours I spent on this. It was split between NFSUG, SSX, this and 4×4 Evolution. Way too much time haha I still throw it in time to time to play for the nostalgia factor.

  16. Back when I was a kid, this game was my first skateboarding game ever, it made me want to play Tony hawk, that's why I started liking his games!

  17. this was the first skateboarding game i ever played i rented it from Blockbuster when i was 5 and i knew this wasn't just some weird fever dream i have vague memories of

  18. Cool, toys for bob is still alive and kicking releasing both Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy

  19. This game is still fun even as easy as it is, which is SHOCKING considering how picky I get about difficulty, though the fetch questing of movie logos and character-specific collectibles gets tiresome. AND THE SOUNDTRACK IS DISGUSTINGLY UNDERRATED HOLY SHIT. sorry for the language. A new one of all kinds of IP's, at least modern ones or even classic Disney, with either the THUG Pro or one of the Skate games' engines, has serious potential, and could reintroduce skateboarding in video games for the new generation.

  20. Wow. They ripped off tony hawk games so fking bad you could be mistaken for thinking it’s just THPS with a different coat of paint. Not blatantly ripping off other people’s designs. After looking up at the tv from typing this on my phone I want to say again that this is possibly the biggest theft of intellectual property I’ve probably ever witnessed.

  21. Just realized you call it "pop" instead of soda. Yup he's from Michigan. I am too, it's good to see a fellow michigander doing great things with skating. Keep up the good work.

  22. I don’t know what you’re talking about with the Nokia stuff. All I heard was an absolute banger combined with incredibly mo-capped choreography.

    *this comment sponsored by Nokia*

  23. This was one of my favourite games as a kid, I think I just found it very replayable. And 100% my favourite thing about it is the soundtrack

  24. This game is a big reason I like skateboarding use to play it for hours. Was playing it the other day on emu after I was reminded about it when some played sell out at work which was my favorite song from the soundtrack

  25. "I think these levels would work better as a spyro level" and then a year and a half later Toys for Bob remakes Spyro.

  26. Its so weird to me they'd pick Tarzan AND the Lion King when they're both jungle type levels. You'd think they'd replace Tarzan with something else that has an entirely new visual theme to it, ya know?

  27. I remember renting this from Blockbuster and crying when my parents returned it. They bought me the Gameboy Advance version and I was unamused.

  28. 2:48 is that a reskin of Alcatraz or The Shipyard or whatever? Aside from College, I think that was my favorite level in THPS4. One day I'm gonna pick up a ps2 and track down a pro skater collection and relive my childhood.

  29. I actually played this as a kid before I even played any of the Tony Hawk games. It was my love for this game that wanted me to get Pro Skater 4 and that got me into the series as a whole.

  30. I got this game out of a random PS2 game box on eBay, I first thought “what the hell is this”. It’s pretty fun and it’s basically a simplified version of THPS 4 with a Disney twist to it.

  31. Little Big World from the PS1 version of Tony Hawk 4 and Andy's room from this game seem quite similar – I wonder if the former was a test for this game (different developers aside)?

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