Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Downhill Jam might not make the most of the dual screens or the touch screen functionality, but I can’t imagine a better system to enjoy this type of game on. The sheer level of customization, stat tracking, and online potential will keep you skating throughout the holidays and well into next year.
  2. Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam manages to breathe new life into the franchise by focusing on downhill skating while still incorporating many of the tricks and technical skills found in the previous games.
  3. This is an A+ racer with new twists that will keep hardcore racers as well as Tony Hawk fans entertained for many hours both online and offline.
  4. With virtually every facet of DJ featuring a sizeable amount of quality gameplay, it is no understatement to say that Activision’s latest offering is an undeniable success.
  5. 87
    The racing game is excellent even with its slight restrictions -- the designers have explored the core idea to give it a fantastic amount of variety.
  6. If you like the single-player mode, you’re going to love the multi-player component.
  7. A refreshingly different take on the series, with high-speed action and excellent online features.
  8. 85
    While not as deep or engaging as the other titles in this franchise, Downhill Jam finally takes the series in a new direction. I can really see this becoming a nice offset from the traditional game and even enjoying some real success. Vicarious Visions has done an amazing job considering the limitations of the Nintendo DS.
  9. Easily the best TH on a portable Nintendo system. Well worth your time if you're a fan of the series. It may not be the best introduction to the series, but it's a great game nonetheless.
  10. It's great for Hawk's newbies but its stripped down nature won't please veterans who'll want more open worlds to explore. [Christmas 2006, p.86]
  11. A decent racer but it doesn’t feel like as much of a skateboard game as do previous Tony Hawk games.
  12. It's different, but it's definitely a Tony Hawk game. And a really good one at that.
  13. We'd rather play this than the past two or three Tony games on PS2 and Xbox - Downhill Jam makes Tony Hawk seem fresh and exciting again.
  14. Fans of previous Tony Hawk or skateboarding titles who like combos and big air are going to love this game. It might not be the most realistic game (300 foot long big air traveling through downtown Hong Kong?), but it is certainly a lot of fun.
  15. 80
    A decent title with quite a bit to offer and awesome multiplayer. It'll just have to be satisfied being labeled one of the weaker Tony Hawk games on the market.
  16. A great game for skaters on the go, or fans of tricky, point-based play.
  17. Despite a few clipping issues and the cramped control style, I found Downhill Jam to be surprisingly good all-around.
  18. The number of different challenges actually detracts from the gameplay instead of enhancing it. THDJ isn’t a bad game, but if you are expecting something similar to the other Tony Hawk games you might find yourself disappointed.
  19. Fans may be turned off by the emphasis on speed and racing, but those willing to let go of their ideals will find an enjoyable experience.
  20. If you've haven't played a Tony Hawk game in a while, this is a decent edition to snatch up. [Jan. 2007, p.110]
  21. There is a moderately fun, addictive quality to the single-player game as you churn through the objectives and gain familiarity with the expansive levels. The online features hold immense potential but so far seem crippled by sheer lack of participation.
  22. A few quirks and maybe a bit too fast at times, but overall, an enjoyable game.
  23. The learning curve can be an obstacle to enjoying it fully, but give it a little time and play it on easy first as the tutorials gradually teach you everything you need to know.
  24. Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam is an interesting take on boarding, but variety comes at the expense of true excellence.
  25. 70
    No matter how hard it tries, Downhill Jam for the DS isn't its console cousin. It's barely a Tony Hawk game. That's why it works best when it's simply comfortable with what it actually is: something new entirely.
  26. The thrill of downhill racing works, whether going at it solo or with friends in multiplayer. The trick system is more limited due to the nature of the game, and some graphical bugs do get in the way.
  27. Downhill Jam will stay in my skate pack for some time to come, and all I can hope for now is that others start picking it up too.
  28. The structure of the game is pretty sound, but moving the tricks into a racing scenario completely changes the game, and not always for the better.
  29. If you’re expecting a revival in the franchise, then be prepared for a massive disappointment.
  30. It’s too focused on tricks to be a good racer, yet not not enough to be a competent skating game either. As such, fans of either genre are advised to give this one a pass.
  31. It does lots, and it does things reasonably well. It's just, well, it's doing the wrong things reasonably well.
  32. 60
    Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam isn't quite a classic, due to its simplistic nature and its slightly buggy interface.
  33. If you enjoy games like "SSX Tricky" or if you're a certified skate freak then Tony Hawk Downhill Jam will please your adrenaline rush.
  34. As a supposed evolutionary member of the franchise, considering it's pretty much based on a single level from a seven year old game, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam feels like complete regression.

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