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Big Mountain 2000

Score: 80%
ESRB: Everyone
Publisher: Southpeak Interactive
Developer: Imagineer
Media: Cartridge/1
Players: 1 - 2
Genre: Sports (Extreme)

Graphics & Sound:

Winter is here, and therefore it means it's time to zip up your coats and strap into your snowboard or skis, and freeze your ass off as you tumble down a hill. Or you could stay warm this season by sitting down in front of that toasty television and play Big Mountain 2000. If you choose Plan B, you'll find that the graphics mirror their outside counterpart. And each skier and snowboarder has a different styling look to them which sets them apart from the rest.

The music is pretty good for the type of game this is, but the sound effects were a little bland. In defense, there are not many sounds that can be overdone with skiing and snowboarding... but hey, that's why we play the games.


If you haven't already picked up on it, Big Mountain 2000 is snowboarding and downhill skiing, whichever you may prefer. There are three different modes that you can play: Time Attack, 2-Player Battle, and Championship. And for each mode, there are three games that must be completed to move on to higher levels: Free Style, Slalom, and Giant Slalom. In Time Attack, you are racing against others and the clock on any level you choose. Championship is like a tournament or season, where each level and game must be completed before moving on to the next. And for the three games, Free Style is where you are trying to just win the race any way possible, where as Slalom and Giant Slalom are where you have to ski or snowboard around flags placed down the hill. For any of these games, you can pick from the six characters provided, each having various features or talents. Then hit the slopes for intense racing and high-flying stunts.

While on the course, you'll go up against three other racers. The key is to keep your Stamina Meter up, because if you keep falling down, it's harder to get up. The problem that I found in this is that the computer kept constantly running into me, but instead of the computer being effected, only I was. But remember, the more tricks you pull off, the more the judges will like you, and the more abilities you will obtain new abilities. You are also able to create some new clothes and equipment.


I didn't find the difficulty in Big Mountain 2000 to be too hard, but I did notice it got more difficult throughout. The further you race throughout the game, the harder the mountains will also get. But along the way, you can unlock better racers along with new mountains to race down.

Game Mechanics:

The controls are not very hard for Big Mountain 2000, just basically A and B. Performing tricks took a little bit to get used to, but like I said, it consisted of pressing B and a certain direction. And the loading for this game is very, very quick. All in all, I found this to be an all right game, but I found it to be a little like the Cool Boarders series for PlayStation.

-Red Dawg, GameVortex Communications
AKA Alex Redmann

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