Hey, can you do a paw flip? Or how about a meow-nuel? Okay, these are just Animal Pro Skating's names for kickflips and manuals, which any Tony Hawk Pro Skater or Skate fan likely still has the muscle memory for—and, you could be forgiven for thinking Animal Pro Skater is the next would-be indie successor to either series. In actuality, though, this game is a wildly impressive Dreams creation by user SwiftAyama.
Creator SwiftAyama has been working on Animal Pro Skater—which, it should be noted, only has one stage and a free skate mode right now—since before Dreams' official launch last month, by way of Media Molecule's early access program. Still, for a game with this much potential and polish to have been released within weeks of Dreams' commercial release bodes well for the creativity and longevity of its community moving forward.
Since Dreams allows creators to import and use the work of other creators, with automatic crediting, it's worth pointing out that SwiftAyama has also incoporated the work of a dozen other makers (mostly music, it seems) in Animal Pro Skater.
Still, this is largely a one-person effort and, for an early release made in Dreams it already boasts some impressive features. On top of its Tony Hawk Pro Skater-esque gameplay and School level, it's got a powerful character creator, board customization, and even a photo mode. Even the menus and UI have some serious style.
Animal Pro Skater was just uploaded yesterday and, at the time of publication, has already been played by over 1,700 users in Dreams for a total of over a week of in-game time.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater may be a thing of the past and we might never get a Skate 4, but evidently we don't just need to look to the Skatebirds and Sessions of the world to scratch our skateboarding game itch. Hopefully, Dreams will surface more original takes on classic genres like this in the weeks, months, and years to come.