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[PlayStation 5] SkateBIRD Review

[PlayStation 5] SkateBIRD Review

Are you up for a colorful skating experience… with birds? Then check out our SkateBIRD review!


Summer is right around the corner, and I have to say it’s my favorite season, which means it’s the perfect time for a colorful skateboarding experience. Enter SkateBIRD from Glass Bottom Games, which is the perfect game to celebrate the sky clearing up and the weather finally becoming bearable. It’s a breath of fresh air. It’s got skating. It’s got birds… what could possibly go wrong?

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What exactly is SkateBIRD? It is just as it sounds. You’ll be playing as a bird who rides a skateboard, so once you boot up the game, you can create your character however you like, choosing from different bird species. Or, if you prefer to dive right into the skateboarding action, you can go with the default settings to get it over with.


Regarding the main gameplay mechanics, if you’ve played a skateboarding game before, then you’ll know what you’re about to get into. You are faced with a series of ramps and rails and a host of NPCs that will give you missions to complete. That is the main gameplay loop that you’ll be taking on, and it certainly gets the job done. You can much around and jump and dash around each spot as you work on completing missions here and there.

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Content-wise, the game really packs a punch. Each area has a bucketload of objectives to work on and plenty of rewards to collect. Some missions will have you doing a multitude of skateboard-centric stuff, like performing a flip or completing other tricks. Some missions will ask you to find a specific item for an NPC. These types of missions are probably, in my opinion, the most challenging because the open spaces are huge, and navigation can be a bit tricky as you learn the overall layout and what you’ll be going up against.


Controls-wise, it does take some getting used to. I felt very clumsy at first, but I suppose that is a side-effect of physics-based games such as this one. You’ll eventually get the hang of things. While there’s an overall time limit, you can turn this off from the accessibility menu for a more relaxed experience. Not all gamers are pros at skateboarding games like this one, so having the option is always a nice touch.

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Graphically, SkateBird is quite polished and bug-free. I did experience some minor lag when performing high jumps and backflips, but other than that, the gameplay is smooth. My fingers are not as flexible as they used to be, but that didn’t keep me from having fun with this game since there was always something for me to do, even if I couldn’t land the trickiest of tricks.


The game has a full trophy list, and since it’s a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can work on adding a pair of Platinum trophies to your collection. The list is split into a single Bronze trophy, 6 Silver trophies, and 9 Gold trophies. There are plenty of objectives to complete, but talking about them could spoil some of the funnier moments in the game. Do know there’s a trophy for completing every mission, finding every unlockable, and seeing the credits roll, so you’ll be spending a lot of time playing this one if you want that pair of Platinum trophies!

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SkateBird is a game that puts a smile on my face. I enjoyed the gameplay mechanics as I helped my colorful birb perform trick after trick. This quirky game is a pure single-player title, which is to be expected of an indie game like SkateBIRD. There’s certainly the potential for working on a multiplayer component for a sequel, so here’s hoping that the game sells enough copies to make it possible. SkateBIRD is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $19.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

This SkateBIRD review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Glass Bottom Games.

Review Overview

Cute and quirky skate game... with birds!