I've always wondered what it feels like to fly down a slope going mach-10 on a pair of skis, and I'd be tempted to try it if the threat of death wasn't so impending. Thankfully, we mentioned Ski Challenge 12 in our latest new-game roundup and I can finally experience the exhilarating rush of downhill skiing from the comfort of my home.

First Things First

Ski Challenge 12 is a unique racing game in which you play as a professional Alpine skier. What makes this game interesting is the fact that you can qualify for and participate in real tournaments, which is a nice approach to livening up an in-game leader board. Each course location has a predetermined tournament period and once a course is completed with a time that qualifies, you're in. Each tournament lasts two days, during which you can do practice runs and finally go for the best time to see how you stack up against the rest of the skiing world. In addition to that hoopla, this game sports some pretty nice graphics and exciting gameplay.



While there is only one goal to this game and it is quite simple (ie. make it down the slope as fast as possible), you'll still be able to experience some variation. There are six different courses, three different weather settings, and three different race types. Each course provides a fresh challenge, while the weather settings change the course conditions, making the skier react differently on his decent.

The three different race types are as follows:

  • Training - Here you can test out the course, try different weather conditions, and master the slope before hitting up the qualifier.
  • Qualifier - This is where hard training is put to the test. Make the qualifying time and you'll be entered into the tournament. There are also global leader boards here for qualifying times, so sizing up competition is simple.
  • Tournament - After training and qualifying, it's time for the big show. The tournament happens during a preset, two-day time frame in which those who qualified can race. Complete the course as fast as possible and see if you can come out on top.

Although I wish there were more race types, it's still easy to casually pick up and start a training time trial. I've also found myself patiently anticipating the next tournament, and trying to better my qualifying time in the meantime.

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Controls And Settings

The control scheme is set to accelerometer with automatic acceleration by default, but there are a few more options that may suite your playing style better. You can opt in for touch controls and also set automatic acceleration to off. In my experience, I was able to achieve higher speeds with the accelerometer on and auto-acceleration off, this way I could better control how my skier took turns.

In addition, you can find a balance between speed and carve (handling) that will allow you to achieve the best time possible. Even more interesting, once you find a balance for one course, it isn't going to be the optimal setting for the next. This game forces the player to think like a skier, and I like that.


Final Thoughts

Overall, Ski Challenge 12 is pretty solid. It's well-made, has some pretty excellent graphics, and has some nice gameplay. That being said, I would like to see some more options for race types. Trying to beat my best time while waiting around for the tournament is fun and all, but I think I'd get tired of doing the same thing after a while.

If you've ever dreamed of being a downhill skier, and I know you have, check out this game below.

You can also try out the Lite version before you buy it.

Brandon Lancaster
Brandon says he likes to live life on the edge. By that he means eating ice cream for breakfast and wearing house slippers to class. Aside from all of the ballsy action he partakes in, he's a mass communications student that spends much of his time studying or tinkering with his phone.

  • Lorenzo in a Benzo

    Looks good, I am about to try it out. I was just thinking they need a decent snow related game though I was thinking a snowmobile game similar to Riptide would be dope.

    • Brandon Lancaster

      I think that would be pretty awesome, too. Vector Unit did a great job with Riptide, I'm sure they would do something awesome with snowmobiles if they took it on.

      • Jon Garrett

        +1 snowmobiles would rock !!

        I really wish there was a decent baseball game in the market. even in the Apple App Store I cannot find a good baseball game.

  • Hilmy

    That games isent isent realy new. It exists on PC since around 5 years. Every year a new version with the actual ski courses from the original Ski Cup.

    But this year its the first time you can get it for Android Phones and Tablets.

    This game is, as i said already, pretty big in switzerland. That might not be that thrilling for you US guys, as you might know, we swiss people love skiing :-) The best thing, and that might be interesting for you to, is that in switzerland you can get it for free. The full version, not the lite one.

    So for those of you who have root and the market enabler app, just switch to a swiss provider (like swisscom or sunrise) and you should be able to get the Swisscom Ski Challenge 12, which is actualy the full version for free :-)

    • Brandon Lancaster

      While your tip is appreciated, we at Android Police strongly support the development community and suggest that users don't try to circumvent paying for paid apps if they want the full version.

      That's pretty awesome that it's available in Switzerland for free though, and if that's the way the dev wants it to be, then so be it. I'll happily pay the full price for an app if it's worth the money.

      • Hilmy

        I dont want to push people to get Software in any ileagal ways. I know developers need to be paid for developing there software. Thats what makes allot of that Apps possible.

        But Ski chalange is kind of a special casse. It exists since some years and was always for free. The development of that software was payed by the biggest swiss mobile provider and swiss and austrian public (and state financed) tv.

        Sure we need to suport developers. But dont worry, those will be fine. Next year there will be a Ski Challenge 13 and if anouth people dowload the app, we will probably get a new Android App to.

  • cece

    But right now, it tells me it is not available in my country (France)!