If you like skateboard games, birds, and portmanteaus, then you’ll want to keep an eye on Skatebird.
Remember Micro Machines, the miniaturised racing game where little things made a big part of the environment? Rulers were bridges, erasers were tyre walls, that sort of thing.
And of course, you all remember Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the venerable skateboarding series featuring the man most often mistaken for Tony Hawk?
Great. And you know how a hawk is a type of bird? And if you slur your words a bit, the word ‘bird’ sounds a bit like ‘board’? The stars really have all aligned for this one, haven’t they?
We are talking, of course, about Skatebird, a game about an adorable skateboarding bird who does Tony Hawk-like things in appropriately-sized, tabletop environs. It seems like such a simple idea, it’s a wonder nobody thought of it sooner.
Skatebird, from indie developer Glass Bottom Games, doesn’t have a release date yet – it’s pencilled in for 2019-ish on Steam – but it’s already something we’re looking forward to.
The Skatebird concept isn’t as silly as you might, think, either. Here’s exhibit A:
And exhibit B:
Skatebirds are all over YouTube, in fact. It’s a thing. Keep up, people!