When I got my first computer when I was very young there was very little I could do on it. The internet wasn't around yet, couldn't get any games for DOS, and I can't stand Minesweeper. So all I could really do was mess about with After Dark, make rubbish pictures on MS Paint, or play SkiFree. SkiFree is one of the games I can remember vividly from my childhood therefore it seems like an obvious game to review next.
The original SkiFree was made in 1991 by Chris Pirih who was working as a programmer for windows at the time. The original 16-bit version was shipped with the Windows Entertainment Pack. From here the game became a cult classic for its charm and simplicity. After he found the source code for the game in 2005 he turned the original SkiFree into a 32-bit game so it can be opened on XP (however it also runs on Vista fine).
As the title suggests SkiFree is a game about skiing. There are 3 different game types to choose from; Freestyle, Slalom and Tree Slalom. Freestyle is just going down the side of the mountain doing tricks and dodging obstacles, you can try and beat your own time but there is not much to do in this mode. Slalom is self explanatory; however Tree Slalom is just like Slalom but has obstacles to dodge like trees, therefore making it harder. However the best and most entertaining part is after your run. If you carry on going down the mountain a monster tries to eat you. Trying to get away from this monster can actually be very fun.
This game is a classic and always will be one I have fond memories of. If you have never played it I would suggest you give it a try so you can have a taste of this piece of gaming history.