We like the thinking behind Touchgrind Skate 2. Having presumably gotten sick of unsatisfying extreme sports games on iOS that boast awkward virtual controls, someone must have looked at an on-screen skateboard and realized two fingers looked quite a lot like legs. And when you play Touchgrind Skate 2, this control method seems entirely natural and obvious, with you kicking and flicking the board like a pro.

Actually, that’s perhaps a little ambitious – at least at first. Touchgrind Skate 2 might appear approachable and intuitive, but it’s also extremely tough to master. The tutorial is a barrage of tricks and techniques, and it’s a lot to take in. Your first few competition sessions will almost certainly be filled with frustration.

But like a real-world sport, Touchgrind Skate 2 rewards practice, patience, and perseverance. Learn to perfect each trick and it soon comes naturally; figure out how to get from one to the next, and you can chain them for bigger scores; then you can venture towards the more complex environments and ‘pop shuvit’ with the best of them, in by far the best extreme sports effort a touchscreen can provide.

The controls in Touchgrind Skate 2: clever, but also really hard to master.

The controls in Touchgrind Skate 2: clever, but also really hard to master.

Price: $4.99/£2.99

Size: 96.6 MB

Version: 1.2.0

Platform: iPhone and iPad

Developer: Illusion Labs

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Touchgrind Skate 2 Review: Clever, tricky skating sim
Touchgrind Skate 2, like real skating, seems simple but is in fact very difficult. It does reward practice and perseverance, just like real skating-- only a lot less painful
  • Clever control scheme
  • Loads of tricks to learn
  • Can overwhelm and frustrate
  • Your fingers can get in the way
4.2Overall Score