I had a couple of drinks the other weekend and had 10 minutes to kill while I was waiting on something – so I dipped into eBay and won some Mega Drive games for cheap with some cheeky last second bids.
Being the cheapest of the three Outrun Mega Drive games, I can see why. I thought this sucked.
I was quietly optimistic about it at least being fun to a certain degree but there are a number of issues I have with this game.
Firstly, the graphics are bad. The colours are nice and vibrant with some good sunsets and weather effects but the sprites are just badly drawn, with what I can only describe as what appear to be rushed with very little care or attention paid to porting them to the console requirements.
The vehicle gauges are literally incomprehensible and the sprite that’s used to show what gear you are in being totally indistinguishable. Often resulting a few quick gearchanges to work out what gear you are in after a Police car shunt or 959 run in.
Not even a nicely warmed up Sony PVM could do anything with this. Nasty and cheap.
Now, I enjoyed this one.
Akin, to Micro Machines, Super Off Road, or even Super Pro-Am R.C. on the GameBoy, this is a top down racer – despite what it’s Le Mans esc cover art with suggest.
It was cool. It was fast, predictable (in terms of car control) and allowed you to earn cash from races and collect powerups during the race that you could use to upgrade your car between races.
There were a number of mildly interesting tracks, that once you knew, you could find some satisfying lines that would propel you ahead of your rivals. There’s also differing weather visuals and hazards like oil and puddles scattered around the circuits.
The only downside maybe was that it was militant in terms of Game Over. It wasn’t hard as such, just very unforgiving where if you finish outside of the top three in any race its an instant Game Over screen ! A simple nudge or tap from another car could put you off line and into a hazard moving you from 3rd to 4th on just before the finish line – Game Over.
Amazing cover art.
Man, what is this.
As what I can only describe as a Pong/Windjammers style sports game, you are pitted against an identical robot crab opponent with what seems to be tasked with stealing metal balls from.
I think there is a mechanic as to where you can damage your opponent, but I was unable to work out, how, or what the benefit of doing so was. I was blown up every round.
I didn’t dabble with this for long as it was dull, boring and extremely vague.
After all was said and done, sadly I had more fun cleaning them up whilst listening to the football than I did actually playing them – although notable praise must go to Double Clutch for being the best of a bad bunch, by a long way. That said, you’d just play Micro Machines for this type of fix which overall is better in almost every way **bar the cover art.
Also, worth pointing out that these are some of the better condition games I’ve picked up, most of the boards showed hardly any sign of use and all come with their manuals, only Ball Jacks missing its hanging tab.
Good bit of fun and overall, for what I paid, I’m glad I picked them up.