Released for the Nintendo Entertainment System
in 1987 by LJN Ltd.
and Enteractive, Inc.
, T & C Surf Designs: Wood and Water Rage
is, as the title suggests, two games in one.
" in the title is, of course, referring to the Street Skate Session
, where you choose either Joe Cool
or Tiki Man
and ride your skateboard
down the street, jumping over and ducking under hazards
such as rolling oil drums, bouncing baseballs, speeding cars, and huge gaping holes in the sidewalk
. You can gain bonus
es by jumping and landing your board on turtles, beach balls, toy cars, and other small things that generally do not belong in the middle of a busy road. If you fall into the ocean, crash, or otherwise fail, you lose a life symbol
. The pressure to finish mounts as the clock ticks down. When you run out of life symbols or time, its Game Over
" refers to the Big Wave Encounter
. In this mode of play you surf
as either Thrilla Gorilla
or Kool Kat
down a hazardous pipeline
. The longer you stay up, the more turns you make the more bananas you collect, etc, the higher your score will be. The game is over when you lose all your life symbols
or, of course, when the clock reaches zero.
There is a third option, entitled Wood & Water Rage
, but it is simply a combination of the first two modes of play.
T & C Surf Designs
is a moderately difficult game, generally recommended for younger children or at the oldest early teens because of its simplicity. The Big Wave Encounter
mode is for the most part a waste of time, as it quickly gets dull and monotonous. Young children or surfer dudes
who aren't bothered by sub-par gaming
might find this fun, but I found it to be lacking, even when I myself was a young child (unfortunately, I was never a surfer dude
, although I longed to be one. I also wanted to be Skeletor
The Street Skate Session
, however, is pretty cool
. While not incredible or amazing by any stretch, it is a legitimately enjoyable and challenging gaming experience. Because of the variety of obstacles to jump over and avoid, you are forced to stay on your toes at all times, especially when going fast. The controls are very simple, and you can easily pull some gnarly
tricks on your board such as grinding
the guardrails, jumping while holding your skateboard, and jumping while the skateboard stays rolling along the street (All totally bodacious
). The only real drawback is the repetition of the background, which gets sort of annoying after a while. The designers of this game really weren't too interested in the details