Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. A solid racer with good graphics and control, a well-integrated trick system, and provides a challenge. There are some downsides – lack of shortcuts, no stat modification, occasional frustrating AI – but they aren’t enough to sink the experience.
  2. Its many courses, shortcuts and secret areas — along with the multiple stunts to master — ensure that this game is a fun, rewarding and a beautiful escape after a long day at the office or school.
  3. With the increased resolution of the Xbox, the visuals in the game are now simply breathtaking.
  4. Game Informer
    Might just be the best racing game for the sytsem. [August 2002, p.86]
  5. 80
    Overall, though, if you’ve already conquered the PS2 version, you can safely skip right past this game.
  6. Starts off as a strong racing title, but begins to fall short with an unorthodox campaign system and poor sound track.
  7. With a respectable amount of tracks and a good number of riders to choose from Splashdown delivers in almost every department for an extreme racing title.
  8. When you race through the new courses and then through the original courses, it almost feels like you're playing two different games--one that truly captures water racing and another that gives small little tastes of what it can be like.
  9. 85
    The definitive version of the game. PS2 Splashdown players who own an Xbox should consider this upgrade.
  10. The wonderfully impressive developers at Rainbow Studios have dazzled us once again.
  11. 73
    This will definitely appeal to those who felt Wave Race was too difficult or demanding. Still, Splashdown's too conservative.
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    Although it can get repetitive, the overall feeling of zooming around on perfectly realized waves, complete with foam and spume, is mindlessly addictive. [Sept 2002, p.96]
  13. Play Magazine
    Looks stunning on Xbox, and plays better than ever, thanks to some minor tweaks. [July 2002, p.82]
  14. No matter who you try and kid, this is still a PlayStation2 port. This is something that is evident from the sound quality and the unchanged water.
  15. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Lacks the imagination and polish of "Wave Race," but it's enjoyable nonetheless. [Fall 2002, p.117]

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Don
    Jul 18, 2002
    Best. Water. Ever. If you even think that the idea of racing seadoos sounds like the slightest bit of fun.. you HAVE to get this game! Our Best. Water. Ever. If you even think that the idea of racing seadoos sounds like the slightest bit of fun.. you HAVE to get this game! Our whole family fell in love with it right off the bat. Only thing that keeps it from being a ten is that fact that it only supports 1-2 players. No 4 player multi/no system link. Full Review »