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.
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49 Comments

boxingstation

June 29, 2020

Dam i remember playing this game when i was like 4 😂😂

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Alysa Aiday

June 29, 2020

16:46

THAT is why you ALWAYS wear helmet, elbow pads, & knee pads while skateboarding!!

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DJ Am Samy

June 29, 2020

Soy el unico que cuando lo ponia, con el sonido del juego pensaba que se habia madreado la tele jajaja

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shioriryukaze

June 29, 2020

Damn shark…

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Dizzy

June 29, 2020

Christmas of ‘88 is when I remember getting this game along with Super Mario Bros.2!

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I'm lockey, lockey, leave you pokey, pokey No Rice a Roni, that's the okey, dokey

June 29, 2020

Memories

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ONE REASON TV

June 29, 2020

My childhood consisted of this game… memory lane!

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D

June 29, 2020

want to be an 80s kid again. those were the times.

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MaDd LU

June 29, 2020

I went bald & grey because of this game!!♿

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Devil Eye

June 29, 2020

That wave always tripped me up as a kid, I didn't know any better so I always thought I was back to the start whenever I saw it, first time I ever saw red at a video game.

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Kooter Brown

June 29, 2020

My shit even though I never beat it

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Ape Beats

June 29, 2020

I remember playing this with my cousins when I was like 5 or 6. I loved it, and hated it. Never could beat it.

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Michael Reis

June 29, 2020

I love how the skater is in swim trunks only and the surfer in a suit lol

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PETE PIRAHÑA

June 29, 2020

My to…

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I leave mean comments

June 29, 2020

HIT HE OIL SLICK!!

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TheMako990 Mako

June 29, 2020

Surfing was the hardest.

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RastasNevaDie

June 29, 2020

Man the memories this brings back to me as a kid lol loved this game

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Kwame Joseph

June 29, 2020

i think we all can admit that when the music switched up in the middle we got #HYPED! lol

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crowfan82790

June 29, 2020

Holy jeez that surfing cat may be my next tattoo been looking for this for years from screenshots in my brain thank you

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A J

June 29, 2020

I never beat this game as a kid!
I couldn't get past the surfing level.

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Christian Acosta

June 29, 2020

What kind of Shin Megami Tensei is this?

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Mewt

June 29, 2020

FFS! GRIND! It's like no one knows you can grind in this game. All these play throughs i've checked.. no one is grinding the top rails and barrels. noobs. You and everyone else,..no grinding.. WTF…it was the best part. We'd skate all day, go to each other's houses at the end and pound out some skate or die and T&C…. This was the Tony Hawk Pro Skater of late 80's-early 90's …….. skateboarding revival FTW. The birth of street. The surfing was whatever.. just stay top right and avoid the birds.

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jode boyd

June 29, 2020

one of the very very few I played in the 80s

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Ray Briggs

June 29, 2020

Epic hang ten the s***

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Tim Brown

June 29, 2020

No rail slides? Bullshit those were one of the fun things to do

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djyanno

June 29, 2020

Does this game have an end?

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Timothy Abraham

June 29, 2020

This was a good game considering LJN made it.

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croplaya

June 29, 2020

Freaking iconic memories.. we used to love those shirts

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-Keith- _EA1381_

June 29, 2020

Music sounds like Double Dragon on NES.

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MrHayven Games

June 29, 2020

LJN UGH I had this

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George Tillman

June 29, 2020

I'm looking at the surfing part and I still don't get it.

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PETE PIRAHÑA

June 29, 2020

Nice Fucking GAME NINTENDO 1986 and the music is real, fantastic inspiration

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Tyler Keller

June 29, 2020

LJN sucked ass, except for this gsmr. I LOVED IT! So Fun!

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Mooch Life

June 29, 2020

Motley Crue on the music #looksthatkill 🤣

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Luisin88

June 29, 2020

cat on a tux babyyy!

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MrControversy

June 29, 2020

im watching the Game Historian….the box art of this comes across the screen and I am absolutely smitten with nostalgia.. i instantly remember the "waves crashing" title sound effects. thanks for this!

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cfairfax85

June 29, 2020

This was always one of my favorite games!

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Anthony Lee

June 29, 2020

Oil oil !!

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Jason Bacon

June 29, 2020

This brings back fond memories of playing this at daycare and summer day camp as a 9 year old in 1990.

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dunkindan1

June 29, 2020

12:59 just killin it and then the sea bass come along

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dunkindan1

June 29, 2020

my god..nostalgia 101 holy fuck I miss these days

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video maker miller

June 29, 2020

WHY HASENT AVGN REVIEW THIS GAME YET ITS AN LJN GAME AND THETXHE SURFING SUCKS i dont know how bad the other parts are though

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Josh Collins

June 29, 2020

Always wondered if this had an ending or not. It was more fun to see how far I could wipe out on the surfing stages. A damn tug of war with the controls

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Melonie Z

June 29, 2020

I love how everyone is saying they couldn't stand the surfing part. I HATED it.

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Kazuma The Great Player

June 29, 2020

I was really good at this game and really do miss it.

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Sir Mang

June 29, 2020

This was one of my favorite childhood NES games. Watching this brings back memories.

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Mark Hahn

June 29, 2020

Not a "playthrough" if you don't finish it…

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iamrgenius

June 29, 2020

This was the same era that I was into skating (Bones Brigade forever) and those movies Thrashin’ and North Shore. Can somebody already build a time travel machine so I can go back to the 80s? Please!!!!

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jmholmes83

June 29, 2020

I had this game pre-owned as a kid and assumed there was something in the manual that explained why I didn’t understand how to surf. Turns out it was just poor design for that part.

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