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Race Drivin' -- T*HQ, Inc.

Race Drivin' is a new racing game for play on the SNES. Based on the arcade smash, choose from four different cars and three different tracks as you speed your way to victory.

Ferrari Man
Booo! This game was nothing short of horrid. It was an insult to my name, as well as the SNES. TH*Q must learn not to make poor games or their reputation will plummet quickly. With the SNES's scaling and rotation capabilities, why were none used? Puzzling. I was very disappointed when my favorite arcade game was so poorly translated onto an awesome machine.

This version is an insult to the arcade game. The graphics were really bad. They're okay if you don't mind driving a colored box that handles like a rock. Gameplay is non-existent. The sound effects consist of the car starting and the annoying whirr of the engine. The WORST driving game I have ever seen!

Ich! First off, I am really disappointed with whoever pushed this game to market. It's blatantly obvious that the programming on this cart was far from finished. Case in point, just complete one lap on the auto-cross(?) track... after this all the cars are unfilled wire-frame shapes with no collision counters... Also, I'm clueless as to why this game wasn't programmed using Mode 7 effects!?! Horrible play control and poor graphics make this cart a pass-up.

Cough. Hack. Choke. Gag. And I was really looking forward to this game, too. I've played with wind-up cars that handle more realistically. In the arcade, if you take a 45-MPH rated turn at 60-MPH, you go sailing off the road. In this version, I was taking 45-MPH turns at an easy 120-MPH and braking in mid-air. That is, when I could tell wether or not I was in mid-air. The graphics were hideous, and what's with all the programmed scaling? Haven't these guys ever heard of Mode 7?

>>>>> 10.5/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5
Sound 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Gameplay/Control 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0
Longevity/Playability 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5
Overall 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Total 3.0 2.5 3.0 2.0

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 5 (12/92-01/93)