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Video GameWave Break Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Wave Break is an extreme sports game where you ride a miniature boat to perform tricks like you do in a skateboard game. It's a bizarre set-up made all the more peculiar by its fast-paced shooting and a Miami Vice-inspired story.

To play you traverse vast swaths of land and sea in five different locations collecting items, performing tricks, and shooting enemies. As you complete missions you get new characters, guns and cosmetics. The controls are simple to learn but offer nuanced control that enable harder tricks, rail grinds and huge jumps. Enemy encounters result in fast-paced shootouts where you need to both steer and aim at the same time.

In addition to the single player Campaign mode you can compete against other players or computer opponents for high scores, kills, or simply exploring and having fun with no set objective. Additionally, you can also create your own skate parks and can upload them for others to enjoy. An unusual aspect of this is playing a map while a friend is still constructing it, or both working to create the biggest jump.

The result is bizarre in concept but works surprisingly well. Riding your tiny speed boat like it was a skateboard is a lot of fun, and the various challenges push you to use it in increasingly ambitious ways.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021

Price: 26% off

Platforms: PC, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Creative, Simulation, Sports and Traversal

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Funktronic Labs (@FunktronicLabs)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete. While the main story only takes about 4 hours to beat, the many extra game modes and multiplayer options extend the playtime considerably.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. There are several different game modes available for multiplayer play:
  • Trick Attack, where you compete for the highest score from performing tricks.
  • Death-match, where the aim is to get the most kills.
  • Free Play, where there is no set objective.

In addition to these modes, you can also create skate parks while playing with friends, where each player can make, or play on the stage as it's being created, and can switch between these two modes.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Bad Language. The game dialogue contains the infrequent use of the sexual expletives, ‘*!@?*’ and ‘*!@?*’. The game also contains references and inference to ‘drugs. During a discussion, a character refers to ‘product’, alongside which is an image showing small green leafed plants and a further inference is drawn from the comment that the “buyer will not be happy”.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players just need quick reactions and the ability to use the environment to their advantage.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 

CostsCosts

Wave Break usually costs £15.49 to £22.49. 

Wave Break

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
     

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Wave Break Accessibility Report documents 11 accessibility features:
You have to press multiple buttons simultaneously to shoot and perform most tricks. You often have to hold shown buttons or rapidly press buttons as indicated. There is a tutorial, and also a mode where there is no objective, which you can use as a practice area to hone your skills. In some game modes, you are put against the clock.

While the subtitles are large and in high contrast, the other text in the game (such as the names of the tricks you do, which appear at the bottom of the screen) is often very difficult to read due to both colour and font.

Many of the in-game elements are also small and can be difficult to differentiate from each other due to the similar colours used throughout.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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