After a year of development, YouRiding is proud to announce “The Journey”, a free-to-play realistic bodyboard game for mobile devices. With over eight years of experience, YouRiding is the undisputed leader in creating realistic gaming experiences for core action sports enthusiasts.
Story and features
The premise of “The Journey” is to travel the world in search of the perfect waves and to become the best rider along the way. The adventure begins on the East Coast of the U.S. and will be followed by an impressive selection of over 300 real waves.
Players have the chance to meet real pros and locals such as Mike Stewart and Pierre-Louis Costes and customize your rider with products from existing brands. Surf Teahupoo, Pipeline, and the Wedge with real-life game physics that match what the player would encounter at these destinations.
YouRiding’s goal is to create a real experience of the sport without any compromise on the fun and action.
The first thing that you will have to get used to is the controls. For anyone who has played the desktop version, this can be a bit of a learning curve. The game does a good job of introducing each aspect of control such as dropping in, stalling, wave positioning, etc over the duration of a number of waves.
The game begins with one region and one wave, which you must complete a set challenge to complete. These challenges can become a bit repetitive, but it does allow you to practice the controls in various wave conditions, and on lefts and rights.
You start with 20 lives, and if you fail a challenge, then you lose a life. After you lose all your lives, you can either wait for your lives to re-fill (1:30 per life) OR watch an advertisement, share on social media or purchase YouRiding Credit (In App Purchase) to continue.
As you beat each wave/challenge, you progress through the region and take on the regional Pro in a comp where you have 10 waves to post the best score. Once you beat him, the next region is unlocked.
YouRiding are unlocking a new region each week, which is a bit annoying for those who have played it right through, and then find themselves unable to move onto the next region. This is also particularly frustrating as you also unlock moves with each region. We are still stuck on forward spins.
This takes care of the business model, but we would like to see a premium one-off purchase which gives you unlimited lives.
The only other thing that we would like is a quick reset option to restart the wave immediately without going through the loading screens every time.
Overall the graphics are pretty damn good. The motion of the rider is a little choppy but they have done a good job on creating the correct body positions for the moves. The waves look good, though it’s not as smooth as the desktop version.
It’s a bit small on an iPhone 5, but with the bigger screen on the 6+ or iPad, the details really bring it to life.
The sound design is very good. The wave sound is just right and they have put alot of effort into narration. While the in-game commentary of your wave can be repetitive, it’s a great addition to the game.
The little guitar riffs when you beat a wave is a cool feature of the sound, but they could definitely get rid of/change the sound of a squirrel breaking a glass, or whatever that is, when you lose a life.
Pricing and availability
“The Journey” is free-to-play with in-app purchases and available worldwide now on iPhone®, iPad® and Android devices. The game is localized in the following languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Despite only being able to forward spin at this stage, we reckon the real fun is still to come. The more you play, the better it gets. We haven’t spent any YRC yet, but when things like better board upgrades etc come along, we reckon it won’t be long before we spend a bit of coin on getting kitted out. If they can iron out a few of the buggy features soon, then we will be all over it like Pierre Louis Costes on a Fronton Ramp.