“ Fun, explorative and action-based driving gameplay, 6 characters, 6 transforming vehicles. Upgrade and maintain your vehicle throughout the race. Avoid traps and make full use of bonus items. 4 unlockable tracks and a hidden character. 4 different modes. „
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"Antz Extreme Racing" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2002 by LSP. It is based on the popular "Antz" animated films. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
There is little storyline to this title. It is a racing game which features popular Antz characters including Z and General Mandible, and the player is to compete choosing one of these racers in a go-kart style tournament. There is a simple exhibition mode for quick play or a more involved tournament mode which requires the player to complete a series of four races to receive the top rank. The game also supports a second player with use of an optional game link cable. A possible criticism about this game is the kart's "turning mechanism". Sharp turns are not possible in this game and in situations of dire last second turns will not react quickly enough to guide the player around a bend safely. This can lose valuable seconds in a race and allow the opponent a considerable lead over the struggling player.
The camera view in this title trails the player's go kart at all times. This presents the back of the player's character and, despite the lack of obvious facial characteristics, I was able to differentiate clearly between the various selectable racers. Karts are also fitted with various distinguishable features such as leaves and implemented with different colours. The tracks feature good 2D background scenes and various 3D on course features. These 3D features aren't visually impressive and appear very rushed in their development. There is a strong sense of "blockiness" throughout which could otherwise repel the player. Audio is simple though well produced. Each track features a different musical score which is continually looped after a brief duration in playback. Sound effects are also of a simple standard with the only real effect heard being the typical "buzz" to suggest engine acceleration.
Overall, Antz Extreme Racing is an average kart racing title which could perhaps appeal to fans of the films as opposed to fans of the racing genre. It is not likely that those looking for a solid racing title should look towards Antz.