A playthrough of LJN’s 1988 NES game, Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage.
This video shows me reaching Round 14 before getting a game over. You see every variation of the stages within the first 12 rounds and there is no ending. The stages from that point begin to repeat without any further changes. I’m playing as the Tiki Man/Kool Kat team.
In one of the more odd instances of branded licensing on the NES, Wood & Water Rage is a game based on the characters that appeared on t-shirts sold by Town & Country Surf Designs (a Hawaiian surfboard and clothing manufacturer/retail operation). I remember the characters being pretty popular when I was a kid, and thought it was cool that they were in a video game.
It also had a sequel – the much less known and far rarer late-gen NES title T&C 2: Thrilla’s Surfari. I prefer Wood & Water Rage by a mile, though.
Wood & Water Rage (made, coincidentally enough, by the same people that did The Karate Kid for LJN) is a pretty polarizing game. There are many, like me, who absolutely love the game for the awesome skateboarding levels and the killer music. Others utterly loathe it because of the infuriatingly obtuse and frustrating surfing levels. Thankfully, the developers seemed to see that one coming, so you are given the option of playing either game-type only, or you can alternate types between stages in the titular Wood & Water Rage mode.
Sorry for the not-very-good playing of the surf stages. They always owned me hard, and while I get them well enough to be able to play them to some degree, I never really mastered them. I have to wonder if it is actually possible to master them.
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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