#126 TrickStyle

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  • Original release year: 1999
  • Consoles: Dreamcast, Windows

Not everyone remembers TrickStyle. I do. It was a launch game for the Sega Dreamcast. I remember playing it in a shop on their promotional dreamcast stall (whatever you called those things) a few weeks before the Dreamcast came out. The game was vibrant, it looked incredible and more importantly, it was actually pretty damn fun to play.

Admittedly, TrickStyle, like many early generation titles (particularly launch titles, is ambitious but, in many respects, flawed and, thus, not often remembered. Which is shame, because buried in TrickStyle is a reasonably fun and entertaining game and it has forever left a mark on me. Afterall, I bought it with my Dreamcast (along with Sonic Adventure) the day I bought that awesome console.

My best friend and I put hours and hours into this game when I first got my Dreamcast. Literally, we loved just messing around in the hub area, trying to pull off different moves. Then we’d go and do a few races together.

The racing mode and trick challenge mode are both equally fun.
The racing mode and trick challenge mode are both equally fun.

TrickStyle is a futuristic racer that centres around the sport of hoverboarding. There are two different elements to the game, with there being modes focusing on performing tricks (similar to the Tony Hawk games), in which there are challenges to beat, and then there are the championship races to perform in.

The problem that lies with TrickStyle is that the racing is a little slow when compared to games like F-Zero and Wipeout and the stunt modes aren’t as accomplished as the Tony Hawk games, so it’s a bit of a jack of all trades. But regardless, it’s an interesting mix of styles that remains fun to play nonetheless and a there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had in multiplayer as well. TrickStyle looks and plays amazingly well.

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