[Review] SkyRoads


SkyRoads menu

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SkyRoads is the polished and better graphically redered version of the first estonian game who saw the light in the very early 90’s, Kosmonaut. After three months of development it has been released in a shareware versione, with the full version purchaseable only through Blue Moon Interactive. I had exactly the shareware version and I played the entire game only with the beginning of the new century when has become widely available.

My heart says…

60%

Sometimes when people gets bored or annoyed they take playing cards and start a siolitaire. Or in more modern times they play Solitaire on PS, or piball, or Mahjongg or somethig similar. Otherwise if you are old enough to have seen a 286 PC you could have played SkyRoads. It’s not a game to lose your mind onto. But when outside is cloudy and gloomy you can pass some different 10 miuntes. And maybe can even happen that you get caught by the game until you’ll finish it…

Splash screen

50%

SkyRoads has almost no splash screen. We only see the “terrain” forming while the menu appears (a veri scheletric menu…) Plus nobody seem to have paid attention to be a bit alluring with the intro. What a pity…

SkyRoads menu

Graphics

60%

The graphics are very “canonical” Barely sufficient. In the immortal words of my high school principal: “If the bar is 10ft. high you’ll jump 10 ft and a quarter of inch” (actually he said everything in italian and used meters, not feet but is the same concept…). The fact is that SkyRoads was a “light” game, distributed shareware so we cannot expect it to be a milestone…

SkyRoads 3

Narrative

50%

Gameplay

60%

The game is very easy: you control a small spacecraft that you have to drive on a sort of space platform to reach the end of the stage. The platform, obviously, is not a straight simple road, but is full of perils, like walls, holes etc…

SkyRoads 2

The different colors of the paths correspond to different properties of them:

  • Dark Gray, “Slippery”: on this platform is impossible to steer;
  • Dark Green “Sticky” : the path becomes glueish and the speed is decreased;
  • Light Green “Boost”: the opposite of Dark Green, here you will bee speeded up;
  • Light Red “Burning”: do not jump on this or you’ll be destroyed!
  • Blue “Supplies”: as per its name, these tiles supplies the reserved of fuel and oxygen; sometimes there are hidden blue tiles you need to reach to complete the level.

The levels are very short so, especially for the first ones, you’ll complete them in a heartbeat.

SkyRoads

On the dashboard of the spacecraft you can see some indicators: one for the fuel, on for the oxygen, one on the left that shows you the % of the level you already completed.

Sound

50%

We can only hear a very slight background music and the sound of the spacecraft hitting the pavements. So basically SkyRoads has no sound. But the fleeing backgroung is quite good. A bit dark but not the worst I’ve heard…

Longevity

50%

SkyRoads features 10 “worlds” each one with 3 levels, giving a total of 30 different scenarios. Each one is very easy to beat (in most of the cases) so if you plan to play SkyRoads until you complete it you don’t have to stay on the chair for so long. However the longevity os not a key factor, since I don’t think nobory ever thought to beat SkyRoads: all the people who played it (or at least people I know who played it) did it only as a pastime, so 10-15 minutes maximum. In this lapse of time SkyRoads accomplish his job perfectly.

Final Score 56/100

55%


Year: 1993

Developer: Bluemoon

Publisher: Creative Dimensions

Genre: Platformer

Games Mode: Single Player

Original Platform: MS-DOS

From same developers:

  • Rocketz (1995)
  • Thunder Brigade (1998)
  • Air Offensive: The Art of Flying (2003)

Inspired to:

  • Kosmonaut (1990)

If you liked you can also try:

  • SWFROADS (2005)

Other chapters of the saga:

  • Kosmonaut (1900)
  • SkyRoads XMas Special (1994)

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I hadn’t heard of this one. I like the Spaceballs reference in there track names though!

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  2. AKKROID says:

    I definitely remember this one, it appeared frequently on shareware CDs in the early nineties along with Corncob 3D and all the rest…I hadn’t thought of it in a long time, I think I will revisit it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. benez256 says:

      You’re welcome! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. James says:

    Oh wow, I remember this from back in the day. I wasn’t very good at it so if I got past three tracks in a row I was having a good day.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Yes, some courses were quite hard, especially in the sequel SkyRoads: Christmas Edition…

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