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  • Summary: Surf's Up is an arcade surfing and extreme sports video game. The action is set at the annual "Reggie Belafonte Big Z Memorial Surf Off," where surfers from around the world are ready to risk it all for glory. Players experience the rush and thrills of surfing in exotic surf spots around Pen Gu Island and can rip it up and play as one of 10 characters from the film, including Cody, the young challenger from Shiverpool; Tank, the merciless champion; or Big Z, the surfing legend from the past. Only by mastering and understanding the waves can the player become not only the new champion, but a true surf legend. Game features include: Innovative arcade and surf feeling with players performing a variety of impressive tricks in the air and learning to surf inside a tube. Win the championship in the single-player mode or challenge your friends in the multiplayer mode with easy pick-up-and-play game controls. Surf in a variety of locations, each with its own waves and obstacles. Train in the calm water of Shiverpool, ride your first tubes in Pen Gu Island, and try to surf on the explosive waters of the volcano area. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. I would recommend it to any parent looking to play games with their kids.
  2. Surf’s Up could have been another crappy shovelware title based on yet another animated movie license. Instead it turned out to be one hell of a fun ride, albeit an extremely short one.
  3. Seen through adult eyes, it's a sweet but slender surfing game that's consistently amusing.
  4. If you’re a kid and a big fan of the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding titles or similar games, Surf’s Up may be a cool addition to your collection as it is a decent pick up and play title for the ankle-biters but it really doesn’t present much of a challenge to anyone who has experienced puberty.
  5. The game appeals to kids, thanks to its colorful characters, but adults will find it too easy. The tricks lack complexity and the game can be beaten in a couple of sittings.
  6. The tricks lack complexity and the game can be beaten in a couple of sittings. However, young ones should enjoy the fun presentation and the enjoyable multiplayer mode.
  7. Certainly not a game for anyone expecting a challenge or long-term entertainment. [Oct 2007, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. GideonV.D.
    Jun 1, 2007
    Some of the best water graphics I've ever seen!
  2. DaveC.
    May 3, 2007
    This game is amazing to me man! Being a huge surfing fan (I used to get my board out and pretend to surf when I was living inland) I was keen to check this game out. I was a little worried about the cartoon aspect because I love realism, however this game exceeded my expectations. I sit back with a few brewskies and play with friends via's up! Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    I have to admit that I am not the target audience. I must be 20 years too old! This was purely a purchase for the EASY 1000 gamerpoints on offer.
    For this though it was not all that terrible. Its an arcade style game kind of like doing the half pipe in a Tony Hawks game. You sweep up a wave, perform a stunt get some points and boost and continue. It is mixed up by having to get collectibles through some of the maps but this is easy as whatever you have picked up on previous run throughs is not present on retry attempts so its very easy to get. I would be unsure if kids would really get that much out of the game. It is very one dimensional and I personally do not thing that this would give more than a few hours before kids got bored.
    Graphically its not all that great and the AI is terrible (Again possibly as its a kids game)
    This would be a purchase for me only if cheap and if you are looking to boost you gamer score.
  4. StephaneJ.
    Jul 23, 2007
    Awful, just awful. No freedom at all, which is a pity for a surf game. The rendition of water is plain terrible, and the controls are too simplistic.
  5. benJamin
    May 11, 2007
    Ref: Dave C and his imagination.
    The game is not out anywhere and i would know, so why do you let people send in reviews to which they are
    not and has not play let alone seen this game. And if he is playing it then he works for the company who made it and can not give an honest opinion!

    ps Halo 3 is great, me and my imaginary friend play it online evey night!! Berks