A Retro Gamer’s 12 Days Of Christmas: The First Day, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree.

You are probably asking yourself, how the hell did I get Tony Hawk Pro Skater out of the lyric “a partridge in a pear tree”? Well unfortunately, there is neither a version of Rock Band: The Partridge Family nor a game in which a pear plays a dominate role. The closest fruit related character I could think of was Princess Peach but since she is always in another damn castle, we are on a break at the moment. The carol is heavy on its bird references and while I have made every effort to limit my bird references, I might as well get the first one out of the way.

Tony Hawk, also known as Birdman, contributed his image and talents to create the best skateboarding themed video game series of all-time. It debuted on the Playstation and also appeared on several different console platforms. As with most genre-defining games, the earlier versions are the best loved and you can’t go wrong playing any of them but I personally recommend the commonly overlooked Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 on the Gameboy Color.

 

 

Keep in mind this is the Gameboy Color so the 3D gameplay has been swapped to isometric but any gamer who thrashed their way through Skate or Die will feel right at home on the little handheld. Control is simple and gameplay is varied but the best thing about the game is the music. Sadly, it does not have chiptune versions of Goldfinger or Anthrax but it does have full multi-layer music that reminds me of classic Konami tunes from back in the day.