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Game: "T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage"
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Sports
Published by: Other

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 3/3/2008

Review: This classic NES surfing 'n skating game is based on the well known surfboard company "Town & Country Surf Designs" and their mascots (aka: "Da' Boys"). Most people had a love/hate relationship with it, and those feelings were completely understandable.

One one hand, you had a fantastic skateboarding game which rewarded you for making good time and pulling off tricks without sending your character (Joe Cool or Tiki Man) flying off his skateboard because you hit an obstacle (such as a turtle or an oil drum) or fell down a hole. On the other hand, you had a surfing game which had controls that were fairly frustrating to most players, and had many of them refusing to even play that portion of T&C.

In all honesty though, the surfing part really was a fun game. The object was to last long enough on the waves, while performing tricks and eventually make it all the way to the end of the level at the pier. The problem is, it was difficult to control your surfer because the programmers saw fit to make it feel like you really were surfing, thus they put a lot of natural resistance against you in addition to some pesky seagulls and guys relaxing on inflatable tubes. While it was admirable that they'd try to recreate the surfing experience more accurately for the game, it definitely made most players lean towards the skating portion of the game.

But come on, the surfing mode had a cat ("Kool Kat") surfing in the water in a full body suit! Madness, I say... MADNESS! You could also play as T&C's most recognizable mascot, Thrilla Gorilla, but I was all about the cat.

In the end, it's a fairly basic 2-mode game, but whether you're a fan of the Street Skate Session or Big Wave Encounter or both, it's definitely worth playing against a friend to see who can make the best time. It's one of the earliest games I ever owned for the NES (mainly because I was really into skating at the time) and it still holds up well even today. Besides, who could pass up the opportunity to play as a surfing cat or a skateboarding tiki man? Just try not to throw your controller across the room when you accidentally fall into a screen-sized ditch on the skating level, or one of those damned seagulls causes you to wipeout.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Awesomephile
Mar 3rd, 2008, 03:18 PM
the skating part was massively fun. The only gripe about the surfing was those damned seagulls. Seriously, without them, it would have been great, but ugh, I'm sure I threw my controller at least a few dozen times because of them.

and yes, Kool Kat was AWESOME.
Guitar Hero virgin
Mar 3rd, 2008, 06:13 PM
I actually played this game enough to discover both modes went on forever.
Member
Mar 3rd, 2008, 07:39 PM
Pretty fun game with a great title.
Pickled Patriarch
Mar 3rd, 2008, 08:50 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Qyzex View Post
the skating part was massively fun. The only gripe about the surfing was those damned seagulls. Seriously, without them, it would have been great, but ugh, I'm sure I threw my controller at least a few dozen times because of them. and yes, Kool Kat was AWESOME.
I know what you mean... believe me, if it wasn't for those seagulls on many occasions, I would've made it to the pier. Kool Kat and Chester Cheetah need to duke it out for cool supremacy.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elvirathon View Post
I actually played this game enough to discover both modes went on forever.
Indeed they did... the main difference was that it got harder and you had less lives to spare on each level the further you made it in the game.
Title
Mar 4th, 2008, 12:45 AM
I used to own this game as a kid. I hated the Skateboarding, but loved the surfing. I was pretty much the champ of the waves.

Also, Thrilla Gorilla is a surfing monkey, so he beats Kool Kat just for the ability to whip his shit at the opposition.
Smooth Operator
Mar 4th, 2008, 03:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff The Ninja View Post
I used to own this game as a kid. I hated the Skateboarding, but loved the surfing. I was pretty much the champ of the waves.

Also, Thrilla Gorilla is a surfing monkey, so he beats Kool Kat just for the ability to whip his shit at the opposition.
Unfortunately, whipping shit while playing this game always got my friends pissed at me. I owned this at a yound age and it took about ten years before I could actually make it to the pier without bailing.
Member
Mar 4th, 2008, 03:16 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Qyzex View Post
the skating part was massively fun. The only gripe about the surfing was those damned seagulls. Seriously, without them, it would have been great, but ugh, I'm sure I threw my controller at least a few dozen times because of them.
Yet another prime example for the I-mockery article on random killer birds...

I remember wanting this game so bad when it came out. I think I played a demo in a store at one point and really, really wanted it. Never did get it, but I found it to rent a few years later, gave it a try, and decided I was then really, really glad I never owned it because I, unfortunately, fall into the "hate it" end of the relationship with this game. Mostly because of the surfing, but it didn't really hold my interest all that much as a kid. Not longer than the rental, anyway.
From the Home of MST3K
Mar 4th, 2008, 09:01 AM
Hey wait, didn't the same company that made this also make that awful Karate Kid game?
Fookin' up planets!
Mar 4th, 2008, 10:32 AM
Kool Cat is my hero.
pickled
Mar 5th, 2008, 09:59 PM
Games like this one made me glad that NES controllers were invincible.