STAFF REVIEW of Crayola Scoot (Xbox One)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
by Kirsten Naughton

Crayola Scoot Box art I have to be honest, when I first saw “Crayola Scoot” on the review queue, I was intrigued and a little concerned. Why is this you ask? Well, I was wondering if it would be too “childish” for gamers of all ages, but after my time with it, I have to say that I am delightfully surprised on the overall experience I had with it. I feel Outright Games did a decent job creating a Tony Hawk/Splatoon inspired game while managing to keep their own identity.

I remember playing Tony Hawk quite a few years ago, back when Tony Hawk's Underground 2 was around. That was probably one of my top and/or favourite games growing up. Playing Crayola Scoot definitely brought back some childhood memories that I had tucked away. Now, is it as good as Tony Hawk's Underground 2? Not really, but it's close, and I would easily recommend it for gamers young and old.

Crayola Scoot is a scooter competition sports game with the ability to “splat” colourful paint all over the arena you're playing in. Whether you're in the plaza or in a competition arena, you're sure to colour areas to your hearts content. You start off in the plaza and ride around in the practice area, learning how to control your scooter and perform basic and advanced tricks. From there, you can either go into the “Campaign” or “Arcade mode”. Regretfully, I did not spend any time in Arcade mode because you need more than one player to play in that mode. I spent 99% of my time in the campaign. In my opinion, the campaign is one of the hidden gems of Crayola Scoot.

It isn't very often that I get enthusiastic over campaign (or competition) modes. However, Crayola Scoot was able to create a very interactive, easy to navigate and overall enjoyable vibe in their campaign mode which I felt was well developed.

When opening a new area, you see how many stars you can obtain along with all the levels available to you. Stars are achieved only when you finish first on any difficulty. You have your choice of Colour Frenzy, Crazy Crayons, Trick Run, Team Colour Frenzy, Splat Tag – Chase and Splat Tag – Survive, as events in each land. I had my top three favourite events and my three “not my cup of tea, but they were good” events. I wouldn't say that any event in Crayola Scoot was horrible though.

My top three favourite events were Trick Run, Colour Frenzy and Team Colour Frenzy. Trick Run is pretty self explanatory, as you are put into an arena with six other players and you have to score the highest while performing tricks before time runs out to win. This mode is easily one of my favourites because once I got used to how to perform the tricks and land big combos, I had no issues wiping the floor with my competition. Colour Frenzy, like Trick Run, has six players competing. This time around though, your goal is to cover the arena with your colour and beat out the rest of your competitors. You're ranked based on percentage on this event. So, most of the time I would get 20-25% and had fun doing it. Finally, my third favourite event was Team Colour Frenzy. Now, its not much different than Colour Frenzy, except with twelve players instead of six. There are six people on each team. The first team to cover their colour all over the arena the most, before time runs out, is the winner.

Before I talk about my other three events, I would like to fill you in on the perks of winning, along with the biggest reason you should win; the fame levels and the legend challenges! When you win an event and get your star(s) and you will get the results of the event. You will see where you ranked in the event and you will get coins for longest grinds, least amount of crashes and trickster (you perform a lot of tricks).

After the results screen you then proceed to the bonuses and level bar. You will get an XP bonus for difficulty, if you managed to complete the event, and other bonuses. This will be added to your overall score. You can also see your progress in regards to how far along you are in your current fame level. If you reach the end of your fame level, you can then go head to head with a legend character to proceed to the next fame level. You cannot get to the next level without beating the 'boss like' character first.

Legend challenges are easy the first couple of times. I'm not going to lie when I say, "You better bring your 'A' game" around Fame Level 6. You and your legend will play a game of SCOOT. SCOOT is essentially a head to head score trick combo competition. You each take turns trying to make the biggest combo. After you take your turn, the legend has to beat your combo. If either of you do not beat the combo you will get a letter from S-C-O-O-T. If you reach the T, you are eliminated and have to try to beat the legend again. If your legend reaches the T before you, you win the challenge. This entire challenge was very difficult for me going into Level 6. It was a great challenge and I appreciated that I didn't sail through the campaign without a little hard work.

The three modes that 'weren't my cup of tea', but I played irregardless, were Splat Tag – Survive, Splat Tag – Chase and Crazy Crayons. This is purely my personal preference and will not reflect on my overall thoughts of Crayola Scoot. Splat Tag – Survive is essentially you running away from the other team in an effort to not get tagged until the time runs out. I didn't play this event very much. The same could be said for Splat Tag – Chase. This event is one where you have to run after players and tag them. Again, not my cup of tea. The final event was Crazy Crayons. This event shocked me as I didn't really enjoy it as you simply have to collect as many crayons as you can before time runs out. The one to collect the most wins. Crayola Scoot for me was all about the tricks and covering the most of my colour in the arena. That's where I found the most enjoyment and I stayed pretty close to it.

Overall, I feel Crayola Scoot is well worth the money. The only real advice I would have for anyone going into playing is that one should master the trick dynamics first and understand how they work quickly. Getting used to performing the tricks and the huge combos took the longest for me.

I don't feel that I wasted my time with this game as I'm happily still playing it. If you want a colourful, fun and challenging experience with a little splash of competition, then Crayola Scoot is the game to buy. I would have no problem recommending Crayola Scoot to any gamer young or old. Now, move over, I have to go defeat Robbie. It's time I get to the next Fame Level!

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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