This title is exclusive to Switch and was reviewed as such, however the original games are available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and Android.
Side scrolling skateboard games have been around forever. Most of us have played them and many of us have sunk too many hours into playing them. My first encounters with OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood came thanks to my PSVita, and a plethora of free time. I played the heck out of both titles and really, really enjoyed them. In fact, when I first got my Switch I lamented that it would be a great console for both games. AND THEN, like a sign from the heavens, I learned of OlliOlli: Switch Stance, and that is where this review starts.
Roll 7 have brought both of their hit titles to the Nintendo Switch in the form of OlliOlli: Switch Stance. With 75 awards and nominations, it was a no brainer to bring both great games to the portable console and the game is truly at home. Because we’ve never reviewed either game, and because I’m a super swell guy, I’ll do a brief sum up of both games, give a little mini review of each and then do a sum up of both games and the Switch edition. So let’s get started sk8rs (That’s what cool kids call them).
Originally released in January of 2014, and since then ported to a plethora of devices, OlliOlli found fame thanks to it’s simple concept and ‘just-challenging’ enough gameplay style. Being over five years old, the game definitely shows its age, but thanks to the ageless visuals and design, the only thing you’ll miss is various designs and innovations that have been developed in that time. Also, the number of tricks is less than the sequel. OlliOlli still holds up incredibly well, and is an absolute blast to play, but once you load up the sequel, it’s hard to find reason to go back to it.
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
Released just over a year after its predecessor, OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood included a lot of features that turned the original OlliOlli from good to great. Improved features, tricks, bigger game, and modes made this title an instant hit and still an absolute blast to play. Again, thanks to ageless visuals and design, OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood is still a great looking game and the added game modes, and tricks make it far easier to sink hours into.
The soundtrack is pleasant and fits the theme of the game well, and everything in the game feels like thought went into whether an improvement was needed or not. Sometimes devs will try to change everything in a sequel, but Roll 7 only changed what was needed and that is what makes the sequel so good; they took an already great game, and just made it greater.
OlliOlli: Switch Stance
Both games look amazing and control just as good on the Switch as they do on other platforms, they feel at home and it is definitely my new preferred place to play them. These are the kind of games that are built to be played on the go, and whilst they were great on the Vita, they were let down by the Vita’s in built controls. The ability to play this in both docked, and handheld makes playing OlliOlli an absolute blast, and I’ve sunk more hours on it already on Switch than I ever did on my Vita (RIP you ugly bugger).
The visuals look great and I didn’t come across any frame rate or other issues at all whilst playing. I had some issue with connectivity, where regardless of my internet status it wouldn’t connect to the game’s servers and to get it to reconnect, I had to quit and reopen the game. Never game breaking, but it happened at least two or three times and was a nuisance.
My biggest issue, is that you’re paying for both OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood and once you’ve moved onto the sequel, all replayability of the original is essentially made redundant. I love that they’re both there, I just don’t really feel that it was necessary. I would have much preferred to buy OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood and receive the original as a reward, meaning I could uninstall it when I was done.
If you love simple to play side-scroller skate/bike/motorbike games, then OlliOlli: Switch Stance is the perfect game for you. It combines skill, patience, just enough difficulty and RADICAL SK8 ACTION to bring two great games onto the perfect platform for such games. The minor issues I had with connectivity aside, this is my new favourite edition of the games.