The Most Terrifying Skiing Video Game Ever Arrives On iOS

SkiFree is a simple little skiing game that was first released in 1991 as part of the Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack. I got a copy free with a 10-pack of Verbatim 3.5-inch floppy disks. It was all good fun until the abominable snowmen started showing up.

The primitive pixel monsters in SkiFree were a complete surprise to the new player, giving chase after the completion of a normal free-style, slalom or tree slalom course. Suddenly the game became an early version of the endless runner, the skier pursued by first one and then two or three creatures hungry for his flesh. Imagine completing a game in Madden football and then having zombies take the field, completely unexpected.

Released this week on iOS along with Rodent's Revenge, another 1991 Windows game, SkiFree looks to be a faithful port of the original, though as Tommy Tornroos of GearSprout tells Destructoid, the name SkiFree was taken so they had to go with SkeeFree for the game's listing. The mobile version runs $.99, or you can head to game creator Chris Pirih's page and grab a 32-bit version of the 16-bit game for free.


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    Played this as a kid, could never get past 1 abominables

    MY GOD!! I haven't seen this in years! Well, I know how my afternoon in the office is now going to pan out.

    The library at my school used to have this on the computers. I remember playing these instead of doing work. I could never beat 1 abominal snowmen. I actually had a discussion with a friend and she said there was a boost button!

    Still can't believe I didn't know there was a boost button!

      Heh, I played it for years without knowing there was a boost button. I bought an arcade sick with 10 games built in. Alpine ski was one of them. controls; joystick, move, A button (I think it was jump), B button, boost.

    I remember this game. During computer class at primary school, instead of actually learning whatever the heck I was supposed to be learning, I'd just play this or other games on the school computers. I could never get past the first what's-it, but it was still fun trying (until I got sick of being eaten and gave up).

    CHIPS CHALLENGE! http://takegame.com/arcade/htm/chipschallenge.htm.

      Oh my god! I remember this game!! I can't believe how much time I wasted playing this as a 10 year old. I can still remember the "Unfh!" sound he makes when an obstacle is in the way. I'll have to try it out when I get home. Thanks for posting!

      I can't vote this up enough. Loved this as a young'in, had a resurgence in my teens... and I know what I'm doing when I get home.

    I must have been the only kid who preferred Rodents Revenge, it ruled!!

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