Michael Blaker’s Retro Game Friday: 1080 Avalanche

Michael Blaker
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Hey all, I’m back with a sequel to a classic game I covered a while back for this week’s Retro Game Friday. It’s 1080 Avalanche for the Nintendo GameCube.

Gameplay: 1080 Avalanche is a snowboarding game focused on players performing snowboarding tricks and racing. The big feature of 1080 Avalanche was the fact that the event match mode always had a massive avalanche, where players would do a daredevil run across avalanche prone slopes while racing ahead of the one that started either about halfway through the race or at the very start.

Calling it tense was not inaccurate, though once you got used to it, it lost its tension a great deal. Other than that, it featured 20 various courses, and each character had multiple snowboards along with special ones which included gags like the NES controller being an option.

Art: The art hasn’t aged particularly well, but back when it released in 2003 it was pretty spectacular.

Music: The music was okay, but not particularly memorable.

Overall: An okay game, but the replay value was severely lacking once a player got used to the titular avalanches.

For those who like: Snowboarding, Snowboard Racing, and Trick Modes.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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