Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Guide PS4 PlayStation 4

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a PlayStation 4 and PS5 remake of the first two Tony Hawk games on PS1. These beloved skateboarding games have been brought back on PS4 and PS5 in this collection, and we heartily recommend it, awarding an 8/10 in our review.

In this Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 guide, we'll be going over everything in the game on PS5 and PS4. Here, you'll find tips and tricks to get you started, as well as a comprehensive guide to all the Park Goals and collectibles. This includes finding all the stat points, Secret Tapes, S-K-A-T-E letters, and more. We'll also tell you about all the Trophies and how to get the Platinum.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Guide: All Park Goals, Gaps, and Challenges

There are 19 levels in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, each with its own set of Park Goals, gaps, and collectibles to find. Below, we've outlined every level in the game, giving you guides to each location and how to get all the Park Goals, Gaps, and other collectibles.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2: All Tapes, Gaps, Challenges, and Collectibles Locations

In this part of our Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 guide, you'll find checklists for all collectibles, all Gaps, all Trophies, and more.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Guide: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Below, we're going to go through the basics of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, as well as provide some hints and advice for new players.


These are the default controls for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2:

Input Action
Left stick / D-Pad Move
Right stick Control camera
X Jump / Ollie
Circle + direction Grab tricks
Square + direction Flip tricks
Triangle + direction Lip / Grind tricks
L1 / R1 Rotate left / right
L2 Revert / Nollie / Fakie
R2 Revert / Switch

Game Mods

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 features Game Mods in its Options menu that allow you to change how the game operates.

Legacy: This section includes three movesets for you to choose from. By default, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 allows you to use all the gameplay features you'd expect, such as reverts, spine transfers, and more. However, if you prefer, you can restrict yourself to a more old school moveset.

  • Classic THPS1 - The old control scheme from the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Disallows: manuals, stance switching, nollies, fakies, reverts, spine transfers, acid drops, wall plants, certain tricks.
  • Classic THPS2 - The old control scheme from the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. Allows: manuals, stance switching. Disallows: reverts, spine transfers, acid drops, certain tricks.

Assists: You can enable the below options to make the game easier to play. These are great for beginners while they get their skater legs. Bear in mind that activating any of the below means your scores won't be uploaded to leaderboards.

  • Perfect Rail Balance - Toggle this on and you won't have to maintain your balance when grinding.
  • Perfect Manual Balance - Toggle this on and you won't have to maintain your balance when doing a manual.
  • Perfect Lip Balance - Toggle this on and you won't have to maintain your balance when performing lip tricks.
  • Always Special - Toggle this on and your Special meter will always be full.
  • No Bails - Toggle this on and you'll never fail a trick.

Use Reverts and Manuals to Extend Combos

This is fairly basic stuff, but beginners should get in the habit of doing reverts and manuals. Using these abilities, you can string together tricks and keep combos going for a surprisingly long time. This is how you'll rack up hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of points in one go. When coming down on a vert ramp, press R2 just as you hit the ramp to do a revert. Manuals are performed by pressing up then down on the D-pad. You can also press down then up for a nose manual. Combine these techniques, you can build up some insane scores.

Keep Your Board Aimed Forward When Landing

It might sound obvious, but you need to ensure your skateboard lines up with your direction of travel. If you're going up a vert ramp and spin a little, make sure you're facing the right way before you land, otherwise you'll fail the trick and fall over. The same applies on flat ground. If your wheels aren't facing the right way, you're going to bail, which could cost you a ton of points.

Mix Up Your Tricks

If you want to achieve those really big scores, you need to keep things varied. Tricks lose points value each time you repeat them on a run, meaning you won't get on the leaderboards just spamming Kickflips and Melon grabs. Use your full arsenal of tricks and abilities when pulling off combos to get more points. Change up directional inputs to execute different tricks, and memorise a few special tricks to throw in the mix as well. Variety is the spice of life, and it's also the key to a high score.

Straighten Up with R2

Sometimes, you'll find yourself hurtling towards the ground, and you're not going to land on your board. If you hit a vert ramp but end up heading for a flat surface, there's a way to realign yourself so you don't bail. Hold R2 and your skater will straighten up, putting the skateboard beneath you and ensuring you land safely.

If In Doubt, Grind It Out

You'll usually be able to tell where you're heading in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, but occasionally you might find yourself in an awkward position. If you're flying through the air and aren't sure where you're going to land, our tip is to hold Triangle. Triangle is how you pull off lip tricks, grinds, and wallrides, so it's a pretty versatile button, and you can sometimes use it as a bit of a safety net. If you hold Triangle, there's a fairly good chance you'll style it out with a grind or wallride. This isn't guaranteed, of course, but the game's levels are full of kerbs, rails, and vertical surfaces, so this works more than you might think.

Walls Are Not the Enemy

If you're heading for a wall, you might think that's the end of your combo. In fact, walls are an opportunity to keep a combo going. With a press of Triangle, you can perform a wallride as mentioned above, but you can also do a wall plant. Let's say you're grinding and headed for a flat wall. Jump off the rail and, when you're about to collide with the wall, press X and you'll perform a wall plant. This will bounce you off the wall and push you back in the opposite direction. Nice!

That about does it for our Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 guide on PS5 and PS4. Hopefully you've found it informative and helpful in your quest for skateboarding glory. If you've any other tips and tricks for novice skaters, please do share them in the comments section below.