Every now and then I will come across a YouTube video where people are showing off their skateboarding skills. It’s so common to see teenagers perfecting their freestyle moves in the parks and across the neighborhood block.
Internet has opened the doors for skateboard enthusiasts. There are games that you can play, social media platforms to communicate with fellow skaters, image and video hosting sites to show off your skills, and apps to learn new skateboarding skills. Here are some of the best skateboard apps and games for Android platform.
1. Skate Spots Hunter
Finding a new spot to skateboard can be difficult. I mean, you can’t learn new moves without discovering new spots with new hurdles to practice. This is where Skate Spots Hunter will help you out. No matter which part of the world you live in, there is a spot for you.
Skate Spots Hunter is a community of users from across the world who regularly share new locations in their neighborhood. You can quickly create a profile, add your current location with some useful pics of the skateboarding spot and upload. There is a point system in place to encourage members of the community to share more spots.
Another skateboarding spot hunter app where skateboarders from different parts of the world log in to share their newly found spots. You can add your own locations by creating a profile.
There is a handy map feature where you can view the exact location of the spot and get directions. The app is free to use but comes with ads.
If everything else fails, you can always resort to Google Maps to find nearby parks and playgrounds. Shreddit is another notable mention that you ought to check out in the Play Store to find new spots.
ZonedIn is not just a social community app where you can meet, communicate, and show off your skills. It is much more than that. You see, it has more than 600 instructional videos that will actually teach you new skateboarding skills.
You begin by creating a profile and adding your skateboarding videos. Other members are doing the same, but there also some pro members here that want you to succeed. They will regularly share instructional videos taking you through the process one step at a time.
The developers have added a gamification layer to the app where as you progress through the app, new tricks and videos are unlocked for you.
Why should you participate? Apart from the cool community, you get prizes in the form of cash and gears for your efforts.
ZonedIn offers one of the best user experience to skateboarders, beginners and pros alike. The app is free to use and there are no ads but it comes with in-app purchases for buying gears, unlocking new content directly and so on.
Riders is another amazing app for people who want to collaborate, learn, help, and grow with each other. Apart from skateboarding, the app also hosts the BMX, snowboarding, and skiing community. Needless to say, it has a large user base.
You can meet local riders, track your progress, ask questions or even become a coach yourself. Riders obviously has a larger user base with more tutorial videos to offer because it is targeting multiple freestyle sports. You can learn a lot of new skateboarding tricks just watching these instructional videos. But that is not why it made the list.
Riders is also home to professional coaches in your local area. If you have one in your vicinity, you can book one-on-one sessions with them. This will help you progress faster.
The app is free to download with no ads but offers in-app purchases. The first 2500 videos are free for beginners.
When you are not skateboarding in the parks, you are thinking about it ... but that won’t help satisfy your thirst for the sport. Maple Media LLC, an Android game developer, is an expert when it comes to skateboarding.
Mike V has realistic graphics that look stunning, to say the least. There are eight characters to choose from with more options for clothes and accessories than in my wardrobe. You can also customize your boards with stickers, wheels, and bearings.
I liked the career mode which offers quite a few tricks and skills to master. There is also a freestyle mode which you can begin playing immediately.
The game is free to download and play but comes with ads. Upgrading the app will remove ads, add three new locations and more achievements to unlock.
If you loved Mike V from Maple Media, you will love Skateboard Party 3 which comes from the same developer team. Needless to say, the graphics and maps are as realistic and stunning as in Mike V. So what else is new?
Skateboard Party brings even more maps, new characters, and more accessories for you to play around with. There are new achievements to be unlocked and new skills to master. But there is something else.
This app comes with a multiplayer mode where you and your friends can tear down the neighborhood together. This calls for more locations and Skateboard Party doesn’t disappoint.
The developers have taken a cue from real life locations from across the world and recreated them for you to explore. We all know traveling can be expensive!
Although free, the app contains ads but you can upgrade to remove them and unlock more locations and accessories.
Skateboarding can be a lot of fun even if you are doing it alone. It gives you a sense of control and speed once you know your way around it. These apps will help you in different ways. Whether you are looking for entertainment, friends, spots or instructional videos, we have you covered.
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