T & C Surf Designs without the manual

Submitted by b on Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:37

One of the great things about collecting games for long-dead consoles is that I get to play a lot of games that I never had the chance to when they were new.

F'rinstance, I remember some of my friends (at the time) telling me how awesome this game, T & C Surf Designs was. I had initially discounted it because I hadn't seen it in any issues of Nintendo Power magazine, and the Internet wasn't a thing I had access to, so I didn't know anything about it. T & C Surf Designs sounded like some kind of art program. Once I found out that the full name of the game was (deep breath): T & C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage... I still didn't really know what it was about.

I eventually got some Nintendo hint book or another that shed some light on it and found out that the game featured surfing and skateboarding, but by that time I never saw another copy of the game in the wild anywhere and I forgot all about it.

Until I found a copy at my local used media shop!

The downside to collecting and playing these old games is that the manuals are frequently long gone. It's not usually a problem if the controls are easy to figure out. Occasionally, though, the controls are a little bit nonobvious, and that's when you have problems.

It turns out that T & C Surf Designs is one of those games. I tried a few times to do something, anything at this game, and what you see above is the best attempt that I made.

I'm sure that a reasonable facsimile of the manual is available online, and I might try to find it one day. I might even read it!