Skate Boardin' [Model AG-042]

Atari 2600 Cart. published 32 years ago by Absolute Ent., Inc.

Emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): skateb skatebe


Skate Boardin' © 1987 Absolute Entertainment, Incorporated.

You know you're late for school, but what you don't know is that just overnight, an array of obstacles has been placed along the way. Radical man, this is a skateboarder's dream come true! You have to get to school on time, but passing up the chance to ride ramps or cruise tubes would make you look like a real nerd! You've got to conquer a total of thirty tubes and ramps in under five minutes to be totally awesome. Not only that, after you find all the tubes and ramps you have to find the front steps of the school building.

Your time clock is displayed at the top left of the screen, and next to the clock is a number representing the amount of tubes and ramps you have remaining. Other obstacles include walls, rails and hurdles, but you need only conquer the tubes and ramps to finish. The others, however, must be avoided as they will stop you and knock you off your board.

You start at the steps of your house, holding your skateboard. Press RESET to begin. You can walk by moving the joystick in the direction you want to go, but that's not going to get you to school very fast. Instead, point the joystick left or right, and press the button to jump onto your board. Once on your board, press the button to jump or press it and hold it down to crouch. If the button is held down, you will land into a crouch after the jump.

As you set your course through this gnarly maze, keep in mind that the scoreboard display is not a wall. If you choose to go up, you can cruise right on through. You can cruise through the walks or over the turf area, but cutting across the turf will slow you down. To regain your speed, you must either stay on the turf long enough to stop, or run into an obstacle. This will bring you off your board so you can jump back on and resume at normal speed.

To ride a ramp, you can be in either standing or crouched position just make sure you are cruising within the area from the bottom to the top of the ramp. In other words, don't try to hit the ramp below or above it or it won't count. A bong sound will indicate a successful ramp jump.

To clear a tube, you must travel through it while in a crouch. Head in the direction of the tube, align yourself with the opening and then crouch by jumping and keeping the button down. While in a crouch, if you need to adjust your position, tap the joystick up or down to fine tune. If you are approaching the tube while standing, or if you miss the opening, you will crash into it and stop. A bong sound will indicate a successful pass.


Model AG-042


Remember, each obstacle must be conquered only once. Try to improve upon your time by checking out new shortcuts.

If you want to max out your speed, get yourself up to the street (at the very top of the maze) and try to catch the truck when it passes the stop sign. If you miss it, get off of your board and position yourself with just your feet on the sidewalk. When it passes, it will pick you up and take you for a ride down the street. Get off by moving the joystick in the direction you want to go, but watch out now you're really cruising!

You know you're close to the school when you find the schoolyard. If you get really stuck in the maze, try making a map.

There are rumors of a truly radical skateboarder who finished all thirty obstacles and got to school with more than 2 minutes left. See if you can top that!


Programmer: David Crane


[US] Nintendo Game Boy Advance (dec.9, 2003) "Activision Anthology [Model AGB-BAVE-USA]"

[US] Android (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology"
[US] Apple iPhone/iPad (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology [Model 542727742]"

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