If you want to create massive combos in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, which will ultimately allow you to post the highest scores, you’re going to want to manual.
Tilting the skateboard to the front or the back and balancing on one set of wheels as you travel on the ground, performing a manual requires balance. It’s a good skill to learn, however, as it allows you to chain tricks and create truly impressive combos. Needless to say, if you want to master Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and get sick scores on every level, learning how to manual is a must.
To perform a manual in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, you simply need to quickly move the left analogue stick down and then up, or up and then down. If you move down and then up, you’ll balance on the front wheels of your skateboard. By quickly moving up and then down, you’ll balance on the back.
You can perform a manual as you’re travelling on the ground if you like, beginning a combo. You can also enter a manual after performing an ollie or jump – just press up then down, or down then up, before you meet the ground. If you want to chain tricks performed on a half-pipe or quarter-pipe with a manual, however, you’ll need to perform a revert first. Simply perform a trick, revert as you land, then quickly press up then down or down then up.
With a bit of practice you’ll be performing manuals to chain your tricks often. And as a result, you’ll be racking up some massive combos. Result!