The Slide Star may look like a casual racer for kids, but it’s a lot more sophisticated than it looks. That’s also tricky.
But don’t be afraid. This guide will give you an overview of Slide Stars’ challenging arcade gameplay and all the tricks you need to know to survive the deadly water-based stage.
Overview and general tips
The game completes a series of courses using YouTuber casts sitting in a variety of “vehicles” such as hot sauce bottles, giant strawberries, and inflated bananas.
The purpose of each level is simply to reach the end. This is easy enough in the first few steps, but it gets even more difficult as the campaign progresses.
This is because stage construction becomes more and more sophisticated, such as branch paths and dangerous jumps. It is also because more and more obstacles are introduced over time.
These include hungry crocodiles, nasty birds that plunge and knock out vehicles, dynamite sticks that blow you up, and giant rocks that crush you flat. But they also include creatures that can help or hinder you.
For example, at some stage you will encounter a giant cephalopod. The cephalopods will be boosted by the whipping tentacles that kill you when in direct contact, but when they hit the water immediately behind them.
Another reason why it’s difficult to complete a course with a slide star is trying to complete the course with an inflatable ride. Each of these processes is slightly different, but it can be difficult to keep everything upright when balancing on an unstable platform off the ramp.
A single accidental contact with an obstacle can cause you to ragdoll in the water or pinwheel in the air and turn it over. Fortunately, checkpoints are scattered at each stage to ease frustration.
Control your ride with the left stick and speed up in preparation for jumping with A.
At least that’s how you do it with the default control settings. Alternatively, you can choose to separate movement and control between the two sticks, or use the left stick to move and use the two shoulder buttons to control.
The general advice at Slide Stars is to stay calm and pursue accuracy over speed, especially if you still have something to collect on stage.
Also, be careful to use the boost pad from time to time to reach surfaces and star debris that are otherwise inaccessible. Don’t be afraid to explore against the flow of the stage. Star debris and coins are often hidden upstream or in places that do not require technical visits.
First, each level comes with three badges. One is to complete the stage, the other is to do it within a set time, and the other is to do it without erasing.
There are various ways to unlock when working with the Slide Star.
These badges allow you to unlock YouTuber and your vehicle, and this process works cumulatively. This means that if you get 28 badges, Alex Stokes will automatically join the crew and hold 28 badges. Collect 29 and you can ride a watermelon whether you want it or not.
Therefore, the badge is not a currency in itself, but an indicator of progress, like a puzzle star that matches the campaign.
Collect coins and star debris during the run. Coins are offered individually or in bundles each time you pick up a fruit and can be used to change the look of your vehicle or in new YouTuber outfits.
Each YouTuber has two additional outfits in addition to the one you are wearing at the time of acquisition. One of these costs coins and the other costs stars. To get a star, you need to pick up all five star fragments on a particular stage. In most cases, getting them is relatively difficult.
This is a really interesting place. Each YouTuber has three affinities. These include travel, fitness, music, games and more. And on each stage, there are three statues with a big shining symbol of affinity.
Each time a YouTuber with an affinity that matches what’s on the statue gets over it, it reveals secrets such as additional lamps, additional coins, and water spouts. It’s important to send the right YouTube users to the right course, as it’s often not possible to get all the star fragments and coins to the level without leveraging affinity.
Finally, you can get likes by removing the stunts during the run. This basically means rolling backwards or forwards in the air.
Of course, another thing that unlocks when you finish a stage is the next stage. Slide Star is currently made up of two worlds. It’s an Aztec-inspired refreshing jungle and a muddy American swamp. As you progress, the dangers and difficulties become more intense.
There is also a two-player local multiplayer mode where two friends compete on the same screen. The camera pulls back as the distance between the racers increases, but if you move too far forward or backward, it disappears from the edge and returns to the bubble on the course.
And it almost covers the slide star. This guide will help you understand the different systems of the game, but only a lot of practice will help you conquer all these stages and unlock all the vehicles.
So jump on it! Check out Slide Stars on Switch, PS4 and Xbox One now and use these tips yourself. Click here for the official game site, and click here for the publisher’s GS2 Games site.