The world’s first skateboard video game was released in 1986. Since then, the game genre has evolved to such an extent that you can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy.
Video games have changed a lot. In the beginning, there were only pixelated characters and objects and low-resolution environments.
Today, modern console video games are produced in 4K and mimic body movements, structures and weather patterns like never before.
Skateboard games have accompanied the development of gaming technology, with photorealism and virtual reality becoming the industry standard.
In less than 30 years, titles ranging from digital skateboarding on a monochrome surface to boarding a virtual indoor skatepark.
Today you will find several titles for skateboards for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, PCs for PC and Mac, mobile devices with iOS and Android.
Endless options allow us to take a game controller and play skateboarding on the couch or enjoy it on our smartphone while traveling to work.
Explore the best and most popular skateboard games of all time.
720 ° (1986)
“720 °” is the world’s first skateboard game. It was originally released in 1986 for arcade games by Atari Games.
The title comes from a skate trick of the same name.
The game has a main area of the map. The player chooses the park where he wants to go, but there are a certain number of points needed to get a ticket in each of them.
There are slalom, downhill, ramp and jump courses, but also shops where the skater can buy equipment and accessories.
The time structure requires the player to accumulate points to continue the game. Otherwise you are invited to insert another coin.
Skate or die! (1987)
Skate or die! was released in 1987. It was first released for the ZX Spectrum and other computer systems, and later ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
The player is invited to skate around the city and compete in five events, consecutively or individually – freestyle ramp, high jump, downhill competition, downhill downhill and billiards.
The game includes four characters: Rodney Reclouse, Bionic Lester, Poser Pete and Agro Eddie.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1999)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (THPS) is one of the most revolutionary skateboard games ever produced.
It launched in 1999 for the Playstation and then moved to Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast and N-Gage.
The game allows players to skate around open levels while performing real tricks and performing challenges.
With solid gameplay mechanics, great controls, creative design and iconic soundtracks, the THPS series has become the most successful franchise in the history of the skateboard game.
The title also benefits from the knowledge and support provided by Tony Hawk, one of the legendary stars of the sport.
The game includes a total of ten famous skaters and several real-life maneuvers such as ollies, flip tricks, grinding and gripping tricks and the legendary air spin of the Hawk-900.
Thrasher Presents Skate And Destroy (1999)
Thrasher Presents Skate And Destroy was released in 1999 for the PlayStation.
It was considered the world’s first skateboard video game simulator, with a steeper Ragdoll learning and physics curve.
The player’s goal is to complete the 12 levels, attract sponsors, collect equipment and clothing and land the coverage of Thrasher Magazine.
Although considered technically better than THPS, the game’s graphics were not as good and the controls were difficult to master.
The multiplayer game has seven options: Sessions, Nickel Bag, HORSE, Top Dog, Sick Fix, Long Grind and Big Wallride.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 was released in 2000 for the Playstation and aims to take advantage of the success of the first title.
The sequel uses the same engine as the original game, but expanded its features by adding new levels, tricks and songs.
Players were given the opportunity to increase the personalization of their skaters and skatepark editor to create new levels from scratch.
There are also more level challenges and a brand new progression system focused on finding and winning cash prizes and unlocking classified content.
Money allows players to improve their skills, statistics and edit special tricks.
With THPS2, skaters can change stance, follow guides and connect combinations of rails to ramps.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 launches for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color and GameCube a year after the hugely successful THPS 2.
The game features a huge improvement in overall graphics and animations, especially for those already playing on the PlayStation 2.
THPS 3 introduced game-changing features such as a revert and a balance bar for lip tricks, walking pedestrians, and the first-of-its-kind online multiplayer option.
This is one of the highest rated PS2 games of all time.
Skateboard Park Tycoon: Back to the USA 2004 (2003)
Skateboard Park Tycoon: Back in the US 2004 came out in 2003 for PC. The object of the game is to manage and manage a skate park.
The player must find creative ways to make money and increase the rating and sponsors of the structure. Once the park is established, you can actually ride it as a skater.
The game also invites players to unlock several environments where they can build their empire.
Underground by Tony Hawk (2003)
Tony Hawke’s Underground (THU) was launched in 2003 for GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance.
For many critics and players, this was the best entry in the entire franchise.
The game took the best of previous titles and expanded the number of available tricks and characters and the size of the levels.
The personalization of skaters and equipment was taken to the extreme. The game includes a storyline that allows players to experience the dream of the ultimate skateboarder from beginner to professional athlete.
The gameplay has new moves such as wall plants, pressure turning and double-touch sanding tricks. With THURS, players can finally get off the board and walk.
Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land (2005)
Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land is the port of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.
It is similar to the original THPS, but is adapted to a handheld console. The engine is good and allows players to go around, perform a wide variety of tricks and perform several challenges.
There is a map that shows you where the combined letters are.
The game allows you to record sound clips that can be used and provides an online game mode of Trick Attack, Score Challenge, Combo Mambo and The Price is Wrong.
Skate is a 2007 game released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and mobile phones.
It was the first of three titles released in the series and perhaps the most innovative of all.
The management scheme, graphics quality and environment have made it successful in the real skateboard community.
It even showed product placement and advertising.
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood (2015)
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood is a 2015 title developed and published for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
This is a simple but highly addictive arcade game of skateboarding and a sequel to the original OlliOlli.
The creators have retained the side scrolling features and added some great features and maneuvers, including a guide between tricks.
All levels show colorful, good looking designs, patterns and obstacles. However, the time for landing tricks is of paramount importance.
Session is a 2019 skateboard game developed for Xbox One and PC. With its open concept and realistic visual effects, the game allows you to run and jump through stunning city settings while grabbing your board.
The goal is to explore places and try different things in different places. The session is in the process of working with errors and problems, subject to constant corrections and updates.
The graphics are beautifully presented with impressive details and high quality textures of the object.
Skater XL (2020)
Skater XL presents itself as the most realistic skateboard simulation game ever. It uses an innovative two-stick control system that allows you to skate in some of the most famous places in California.
Skater XL is constantly being improved, with updates being released regularly. Despite its sophisticated controls, the game offers some of the most solid graphics and skate simulations ever seen.
The developers tried to recreate something that mimics a real skateboard with a non-arcade experience.
So, the more you train, the better you will skate.
The visual images are breathtaking and the skater’s body movements are almost perfect. There are official maps and community maps that you can view.
Although there is no goal or plot, the game offers many challenges.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (2020)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a 4K remake of the original titles for the PlayStation 4. The graphics have been redesigned and improved, and the overall physics have reached unprecedented heights.
The result is a great, very enjoyable skateboard game, full of old school features and smart, brand new additions. THPS 1 + 2 is probably the best game of its genre ever released for a video game console.