Review: When Ski Lifts Go Wrong (Steam)

Ride into a hilarious construction puzzler; packed with over 100 creative physics-based challenges, sports, and bloody disasters! Build contraptions to help every passenger reach their destination. Enjoy the sports by controlling your riders away from (or towards if you feel like it) peril!

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 601MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Construction puzzler gameplay
  • Graphics- Resolution, Windowed, Shadows, Target FPS, AA, AO, Clouds, V-Sync and custom slider.
  • Rebind controls.
  • Steam trading cards.
  • When Ski Lifts Go Wrong has Steam workshop support. Download/create/share creations.
  • Colorblind support.
  • Four modes-Campaign, Sandbox, Workshop, and gallery.
  • Gallery- Collection of everyone’s images and video.
  • When Ski Lifts Go Wrong has a tutorial (skippable) in the campaign.
  • Easy to use recording feature built in.
  • Recording options- Set duration/FPS/Ram usage/Slider.
  • A lot of humor throughout.
  • Handy help icons- Can flip your view type to show stress levels in structures.
  • When Ski Lifts Go Wrong uses a grid screen interface.
  • Objects- You can build or adjust parts.
  • Snap-on mechanics.
  • Full 360-degree camera and a passenger view.
  • Two stages to the game- Planning then playing.
  • Can take control of the skiers and perform tricks.
  • Medals- In each level collect it for rewards.
  • Levels have a main objective then 3 optional objectives.

Cons:

  • Controls have a learning curve.
  • No dedicated test area.
  • Skiers are a bit of a pain to control.
  • The When Ski Lifts Go Wrong UI is not the best.
  • Very difficult and feels unbalanced on how quickly it escalates.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

Going for a different take on the now famous Bridge constructor series, When ski lifts go wrong is a fun take on the genre but is lavished with tons of humor and pain. The idea of the game is to slowly transport skiers from one part to another. What actually happens is you land up accidentally killing skiers over and over and laughing hysterically. The controls and UI are no way as smooth and easy to use as Bridge constructor, Not impenetrable just takes a while to adjust. The true shining achievements, however, is the rather excellent record feature built in along with full Steam Workshop support. Content is not going to be a problem in this game but you do need to put the work in as not only are you dealing with the controls and the UI but you also have a huge mountain to climb (PUNtastic) with the game difficulty. It starts off ok then you realize its just a really long tutorial. The game when it kicks in is just so hard. I mean you get there in the end but its just obnoxiously difficult so often it dampens the fun. In short, Ski Lifts Go Wrong is a good crack at the genre and does have a lot of good moments. Only awkward controls and difficulty balancing let it down.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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