Ski or Die (DOS)

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Ski or Die
Ski or Die - DOS.jpg
Platform: DOS
Year: 1990
Developer: Electronic Arts, Inc.

Ski or Die is a winter-themed extreme sports game in which the player can compete 5 different mini games:

  • Acro Aerials: Ski down a ramp and score points by performing acrobatic jumps.
  • Downhill Blitz: Downhill skiing event in which the player can make large jumps over chasms and perform stunts in the moguls section.
  • Snowboard Half-Pipe: Put on your snowboard and score as much points as possible in a limited amount of time by performing tricks inside a half-pipe.
  • Snowball Blast: First person snowball fight. Score points by taking out little that attack your snow fortress.
  • Inner-Tube Trash: Two players descend a mountain in innertubes. Score points by picking up items, perforating your opponents tire with a knife or fork and finishing first.

Practice a single event or try the tournament. The tournament mode has hot-seat multiplayer support.

Screenshots

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The title screen

Ski or Die - DOS - Main Menu.png

At Rodney's ski shop (main menu)

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Select the mini game you want to play

Ski or Die - DOS - Downhill Blitz.png

Downhill Blitz

Ski or Die - DOS - Snowboard Half-Pipe 1.png

Snowboard Half-Pipe: I'm insured!

Ski or Die - DOS - Inner-Tube Thrash.png

Inner-Tube Thrash: Opponent got punctured

Music

The game soundtrack was written in the genre of rock. The Main Theme obviously rearranged from Snowboard Half-Pipe and Downhill Blitz tunes. The Inner-Tube Thrash tune is unique in that case.

Snowball Blast and Acro Aerials mini games doesn't have a music during play.

Recording

The soundtrack were recorded using emulated sound hardware in DOSBox SVN Daum during gameplay.

The Roland MT-32 recording starts with a 1, the AdLib recording starts with a 2, the Tandy recording starts with a 3, and the PC Speaker recording starts with a 4.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Main Theme Rob Hubbard 3:03
Download
102 Downhill Blitz Rob Hubbard 3:05
Download
103 Snowboard Half-Pipe Rob Hubbard 2:18
Download
104 Inner-Tube Thrash Rob Hubbard 2:39
Download
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Main Theme Rob Hubbard 3:03
Download
202 Downhill Blitz Rob Hubbard 3:05
Download
203 Snowboard Half-Pipe Rob Hubbard 2:18
Download
204 Inner-Tube Thrash Rob Hubbard 2:39
Download
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
301 Main Theme Rob Hubbard 3:03
Download
302 Downhill Blitz Rob Hubbard 3:05
Download
303 Snowboard Half-Pipe Rob Hubbard 2:18
Download
304 Inner-Tube Thrash Rob Hubbard 2:39
Download
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
401 Main Theme Rob Hubbard 2:50
Download
402 Downhill Blitz Rob Hubbard 3:05
Download
403 Snowboard Half-Pipe Rob Hubbard 2:18
Download
404 Inner-Tube Thrash Rob Hubbard 2:39
Download

(Source) - track order

Credits

(European Commodore box, game lacks audio credits)

HVSC incorrectly credits Dave Warhol for Commodore 64 release with the same music. Maybe, he was just arrager?

Game Rip

Format

Conversion

Download

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Download

(Info)


The main theme music is contained in SKI2.BIN, the only one uncompressed file. Other music files are compressed with LZSS algorithm and can be decompressed using QuickBMS utility.

WinHex and DOSBox were used to get uncompressed music files directly from memory during actual gameplay.

Also the rip contains music in MIDI format converted with MIDIPLEX using raw data import and game sound drivers.

Audio Devices

Music

Icon - AdLib.png Icon - MT-32.png Icon - PC Speaker.png Icon - Tandy 3 Voice.png

Sound

Icon - AdLib.png Icon - MT-32.png Icon - PC Speaker.png Icon - Tandy 3 Voice.png

Ski or Die uses command line arguments to configure the audio device.

To enable AdLib, execute:

S.EXE adlib

To enable Roland MT-32, execute:

S.EXE mt32

If no argument is specified, the program will use a Tandy 3 Voice if one is present, otherwise it will default to PC Speaker.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
Ski or Die - DOS.jpg
Title: Ski or Die
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Inc.
  UK.svg   UK
Ski or Die - DOS - Europe.jpg
Title: Ski or Die
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Inc.
  France.svg   France
Ski or Die - DOS - Europe.jpg
Title: Ski or Die
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
Ski or Die - DOS - Europe.jpg
Title: Ski or Die
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Inc.

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