Games of the week – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Unrailed!, The Last Campfire and Marble Knights
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Tony Hawk flip tricks into 2020
There have been a fair few remakes of late and it can be easy to dismiss them as a bit lazy – but this take on the first two Tony Hawk Pro Skater games is anything but. The obvious and most resounding change up is the upgraded graphics fit for 2020, which work beautiful for this type of sport, more so given how smooth the performance is. Then there’s the killer music, which has been beefed up with some new tracks. Into game play, you can expect much of the old stuff but with additions and enhancements, such as an online multi-player modes and more in depth Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater modes. And with new generation skaters added into the mix, this really is a 360 revamp that flies high above its predecessors.
Skip to the end: Loads of improvements and additions make this Tony Hawk gaming return well worth the money.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Co-op survival / Puzzle
On the right track
Keeping a train running as long as possible is certainly a co-op survival concept many didn’t see coming, but Unrailed! has made it a reality – and does so right on track. Working in a maximum of four, you must keep the tracks going by taking resources such as wood from trees to maintain the track before the train reaches the end. It starts off slowly but gradually picks up steam, increasing the pressure. If you reach the next station, there is a chance to carry out some upgrades, such as a new engine, which adds a health reward. There is also a versus round which adds more stress than finding a seat on packed early morning train, pre-Covid of course.
Skip to the end: A novel take on the survival genre that is challenging but could do with more scope to be an all-round train pleaser.
The Last Campfire
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, iOS
Price: From £4.99
Calm puzzle gaming
Not all games need to be stressful, high-intensity experiences and The Last Campfire rests itself as a cosy puzzler – and there are certainly plenty of puzzles to choose from, although they aren’t always that original. You play the part of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home, which takes you through lands and a dark forest in face of adversities. You will encounter characters known as Forlorn along your way. It’s a well-formed tale that entwines puzzles and becomes progressively challenging – and leaves you hungry for more.
Skip to the end: Taking on the calm approach to gaming works in The Last Campfire’s favour but there is a sense that we needed it to go on a little longer.
Price: From £4.99 per month with Apple Arcade
Marble Knights is a pretty standard mobile adventure title littered with puzzles and rewards as you progress throughout the game. You play as one of the knights who, as the name suggests, roll around on a marble – yes, strange – but be careful, as you can be knocked off and it will slow you down. You encounter various baddies and challenges, which keep Marble Knights entertaining enough, but the fun really kicks in thanks to the ability to play with three other players, making it more of a team effort.
Skip to the end: Marble Knights isn’t the most original concept but that doesn’t prevent it from being a fun play, especially with others.