“ Play one or two player virtual scalectrix, or you can play one player against a... cockatiel. Hurrah! „
Remember back when Scalectrix was popular? when you would sit down and spend hours building up an intricate racing track and then spend half an hour racing a couple of cars around it? I do...it was enormous fun. Well, thanks to some Swedish guys you can now experience the thrills of Scalectrix virtually, by playing online!!! This is a great idea in my opinion. The site is, as I said Swedish, and therefore what is actually written here is not going to make a whole lot of sense to most people who read this op. and then wander across to have a look. Fortunately, it is all pretty self-explanatory so the language barrier isn't going to be a problem. One thing which may be a problem though is the requirements. As with many games of this type you do need to have the shockwave player installed on your system or it is not going to work. If you are at work, or home and do not have access/want access to this then you can forget about this game. Otherwise...read on. Once the game has loaded up, which is pretty quickly you are given the option to play a one or two player option. I you select the one player option you will get to play again a cockateil(!), otherwise, you and a mate can battle it out. If its your first time here, you have to build the track youself, just like in the real thing - returning players have their track remembered for them...well mine was, and I had dumped cookies and junk the day before...hmm. Anyway, like I said, you get to build your track which conforms pretty much to the original scalextrix, complete with bends, crossovers etc. Here though, you do not run out of track sections like you always did at home, but instead have an infinite supply of everything...sadly you do not have an infintie screen size, so those are the boundaries you have to work within. Get the track up and running and you are ready to go. But before you do this, if you are playing in one player mode, you have the option of selecting the skill level of your cockateil opponent. Like I said, this is a Swedish site, so its not at all obvious how to do this, or even if you can...well you can. Its a number in the top right hand corner of the screen, just above your opponent's head. Tis can be incremented or decremented between 1 and 5 depending on how tough you want the race to be. Once set, you are ready to race. Click the chequered flag symbol on the menu bar and wait for the lights to count down to green then you are away. Control the speed of your car by holding down the mouse button over your 'trigger' and release to slow down when corners are approaching. The races are timed, so you always have something to aim for even if your oppenent is rubbish. Crash or collide with your oppenent and get cursed for it(in Swedish...at least it sounds like being cursed lol), lose time and risk losing. You'll be placed back on the track eventually but you lose lots of time. The graphics here are rather small but perfectly serviceable even if the background colour scheme is a little on the...'baby puke' yellow side, but thats a minor gripe. Sound effects are good, the usual motorised drone and screaming tyres effects as you take a corner too fast and the aforementioned Swedish guy swearing at you...well ok, so I need someone to translate him, but I'm sure he is swearing... Overall, its a fun site and a great bit of nostalgia for all of us who were childhood speed freaks. Top stuff!
Remember when we were all kids and we played Scalextric. It really was great fun, and now we can relive the fun with this rather fun little website, courtesy of (I think) a Swedish TV website. I'm not actually too sure what the name of the game is, the web page calls itself Bilbana but what on earth that means in Swedish I don't know. The game uses Macromedia Shockwave which a browser plug in. You will need this to play the game you can head on over to www.shockwave.com to download the latest version. Alternatively just go to the game website at http://www.tv4.se/lattjo/kojan/bilbanan.asp and you should be prompted to install flash. Most people will have flash anyway, as I'm pretty sure it comes as part od the Internet Explorer package (but don't hold me to that). The game doesn't take too long to load, and when it does you are presented with a nice yellow page on which you can build yourself a scalextric track. yes, that's right!! Not only do you get to race around a scalextric track you also get to build your own, which was half of the fun when I used to have a Scalextric track! I seem to remember a game like this on the old Commodore-64, but the chances of me finding that in my cupboard are pretty slim! You choose from a range if pieces which you put together to make your customised track. Although there are nine pieces you are actually somewhat limited to what you can build. Those nine pieces consist of 4 corner pieces (up left, down right etc), 2 straights (horizontal and vertical), 2 straight crossovers (where your car switches lane) and one flyover (where the track crosses over more track). The problem is that the corner piece are all 90 degree bends, so you are limited in the tracks you build. Obviously this saves a lot of hassle as the track will always be easy to join up, unlike in real life where I was always pushing and pulling my track to try to make it fit together. Still it would have been nice to have a few different track pieces, because with what you have the tracks are somewhat limited. This wouldn't be such a big problem if you had a massive area in which to build your track, but again unfortunately you're not. You have an area 6x5 track pieces wide, so if you used every single square on the screen then you would have a maximum of 30 pieces, although it would be a rather strange track design that managed to use every square (although I think it is possible). Once you have completed designing your track you're ready to race. This can be done either against the computer, or with another player. It took me a while to figure out how the second player was supposed to control the car, but after a little off the top of my head translation I managed to figure out that "D und K" actually meant D and K, so those are the buttons you use. Playing against a friend is the best option, as you race head to head sitting at the same screen. This can lead to close races and probably a little bitterness as you pip your friend to the post by less than a second. Once you get sick of the track you're playing you can just make another one, extending the life of the game somewhat. If you're short of a friend though, don't worry, because you can always play against the computer, or should I say Cockatiel. Or it could be a budgie with a spiky haircut, or even a parrot - I really don't know. Lets just call it a bird! This bird can play at one of 5 skill levels, with 5 being the best. Or should I say the fastest. The level 1 bird is very slow but goes around steadily and rarely falls off. The level 5 bird is much faster, but tends to crash a little bit more. The skill levels do get harder from 1 to 5 though, so try to work your way through them. I normally get stuck at about level 4! You're also given a time for your trip around the course, so even if you start to demolish the opposition you can always try to beat yo ur own time. It's a fun game to play, and there is always fun to be had in building a new course. A neat feature is that the game stores (in a cookie, maybe?) the layout of the last track you played on so when you return it's there for you to play on right away. The game has its faults but then this isn't meant to be a game you play on for ten hours solid, it's a quick fun game that you use to waste 10 minutes. On the improvements front a larger area and some different track pieces would be nice, but not that essential. What would be good would be the ability to play other people online, racing against other people on your home made tracks would be quite fun!! As it stands though, this is still a fine shockwave game, definitely one of the best!
I find out about this great site after reading a review on dooyoo, and thought i'd try it out. Shcokwave is used on this site, which is quite possibly the least stable plug-in I have used, but it is good. I near-always go on shockwave.com weekly, to check the cool games on it. I went on this, and it loaded increably quickly. 238k is the size, and took less than a minute to load @ 56k. If you had scalextric when you were a kid, you'll think this is a godsend. You have unlimited amount of track, and you build a track and then either race it against the computer, or against on of your mates with the keyboard. Another good thing is that it allows you to save to shockmachine (a thing that lets you store shockwave games etc to play offline). Basically, this site is fun, fun, and a hint of coolness. Shame about the Swedish, though (I'm sure there'll be a english port somewhere on the web)