The Ramp: A few tips to have you shredding the half-pipes
The Ramp is a skateboarding game that has a minimalist vibe to it. It's probably one of the most straightforward games in the genre. You basically just play on different ramps and try to go for high scores by performing different tricks.
What's interesting is, it's all about the ramps (hence the title). Sure, in games like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the levels do matter and are a signature aspect of the series but what's different in The Ramp is that the half-pipes themselves are the challenge.
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It's just you and the ramp and you'll automatically crash if you don't stay on it. Of course, you can also wipe out doing a trick too. This is part of the fun and challenge of the game. It can be pretty satisfying once you got things figured out. Here are a few tips to have killing it in the pipes.
Practice Your Spinning
What's the fun in a skateboarding game without a little spinning sometimes, right? Well, you perform some in The Ramp. However, the controls are a bit more sophisticated. You'll need to time your spins more than usual compared to some other skateboarding games.
Practicing your spins will allow you to pull off some sick tricks. First things first, you'll need to time your jumps too as you rise up the ramps. This won't take you no time to get familiarized with. Once you do, then definitely get used to spinning.
It's important to land as perfectly as possible. If you don't, then you'll ride right off the ramp, causing you to wipeout. It's also a good idea to learn to swerve yourself back into position if you don't land neatly. But, the cleaner the landing the better and that includes on those pretty spins.
Work on Your Balance
We eluded to this a bit earlier, but your balance can be paramount in The Ramp. This is because you don't want yourself skating in weird angles by accident. This will make you wipeout and we don't want that to happen, right? Well, if you do, then it isn't the end of the world so don't fret much.
But, landing well and steering yourself in the right direction can help you build some consistency. If your landing skills are great, then you shouldn't have to worry about this much. But this is a great way to get a smooth flow going and string together several tricks in a row.
The first ramp is a great way to practice this. So even if you've unlocked new levels, feel free to go back to the first one and work on this. That's because it's a simple halfpipe, but it also leaves you with not much room for error if you veer off a little. This leaves you with an opportunity to react quickly and steer back.
Master Your Grinding Skills
Ahh, grinding. It's one of the wondrous arts of street-style skateboarding. It's one of those moves that you can do almost anywhere on anything. On a railing, a bench, the propeller of a helicopter (wait, what?) and oh, on ramps.
You can do so in The Ramp. Grinding is a great way to pull of a nifty little trick without worrying much about wiping out. Of course, you can still slide off the ramp and crash that way but for the most part, you should be good to go. You'll need to move your skater right as they reach the grinding spot in order to start sliding.
If you don't do this, then you'll end up doing a lip trick. So, even if you don't execute the grind, you can still get in lip tricks which are quite easy to do. But, if you want to grind, then just time things right as with most tricks in The Ramp and you'll be golden.