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Video Game Wave Break Review
Wave Break (2020) is an extreme sports game where you ride a miniature boat to perform tricks like you do in a skateboard game. It's a bizarre set-up made all the more peculiar by its fast-paced shooting and a Miami Vice-inspired story.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Wave Break 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.

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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Wave Break is an extreme sports game where you ride a miniature boat to perform tricks like you do in a skateboard game. It's a bizarre set-up made all the more peculiar by its fast-paced shooting and a Miami Vice-inspired story.

To play you traverse vast swaths of land and sea in five different locations collecting items, performing tricks, and shooting enemies. As you complete missions you get new characters, guns and cosmetics. The controls are simple to learn but offer nuanced control that enable harder tricks, rail grinds and huge jumps. Enemy encounters result in fast-paced shootouts where you need to both steer and aim at the same time.

In addition to the single player Campaign mode you can compete against other players or computer opponents for high scores, kills, or simply exploring and having fun with no set objective. Additionally, you can also create your own skate parks and can upload them for others to enjoy. An unusual aspect of this is playing a map while a friend is still constructing it, or both working to create the biggest jump.

The result is bizarre in concept but works surprisingly well. Riding your tiny speed boat like it was a skateboard is a lot of fun, and the various challenges push you to use it in increasingly ambitious ways.

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Collecting, Creative, Race, Simulation and Sports elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. There are several different game modes available for multiplayer play:
  • Trick Attack, where you compete for the highest score from performing tricks.
  • Death-match, where the aim is to get the most kills.
  • Free Play, where there is no set objective.

In addition to these modes, you can also create skate parks while playing with friends, where each player can make, or play on the stage as it's being created, and can switch between these two modes.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete. While the main story only takes about 4 hours to beat, the many extra game modes and multiplayer options extend the playtime considerably.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Bad Language. The game dialogue contains the infrequent use of the sexual expletives, ‘*!@?*’ and ‘*!@?*’. The game also contains references and inference to ‘drugs. During a discussion, a character refers to ‘product’, alongside which is an image showing small green leafed plants and a further inference is drawn from the comment that the “buyer will not be happy”.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players just need quick reactions and the ability to use the environment to their advantage.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.


Wave Break usually costs £15.49 to £16.50.

Wave Break

Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £16.50
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Traversal (Collecting, Creative, Race, Simulation and Sports)

Accessibility: 11 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Funktronic Labs (@FunktronicLabs)

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