"Micro Machines V3" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color in 2000 by THQ. It is based on the popular children's toys of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The Micro Machines titles are long standing racing titles in low technology gaming. I remember, and still play from time to time, the original Nintendo Entertainment System release and its general uniqueness. The game has not wavered from these traditional roots and in areas have added to them. The game is presented from an overhead perspective which looks down on the racing action. Unlike other racing games, though, Micro Machines offers more light hearted areas such as breakfast tables and kitchen counters. Complete with various obstacles and bridges the user must keep in closer alignment with his or her opponent (or vice versa) as outracing the other will force the game to stop and restart from an equal point, giving one point to the leader. Should the follower fall behind too frequently then the match will be awarded to the leader by default. In "V3", the player has the chance to gain weapons and power ups during racing to use to his or her advantage by putting the opponent at a disadvantage. There is some initial learning curve when beginning in order to remain at a constant pace with the opponent, but after this brief period of trial and error then the player will be continually engaged.
The graphics retain their original lustre as seen so many years ago and are brought well to the Gameboy Color console. There is a sense of pixelation in the game but the otherwise colour filled display is pleasant to look at and an enjoyable play all around. The sound is also typical of a racing game with an average "buzz" to denote acceleration of the vehicle.
Overall, Micro Machines V3 is an excellent play and continues the "Micro Machines" series well. I would recommend this game to prospective buyers.
One of my favourite games! Although on the surface this seems to be just another racing game the concept behind it was unique. You raced a range of cars on a range of tracks, no surprise there, but the tracks are a breakfast table and a desk for example. It reminds me of when I was a kid and we did just that raced our cars on the kitchen table and anything else we could find. There are a range of cars to race which all have different techniques to driving them, this keeps the interest level up and keeps you on your toes. There are obstacles and hazards such as milk spills and rice crispies. The range isn't the usual racing cars as it includes tanks and even power boats (in the bath tub of course). You can blast opponents out of the way with the tanks and push other drivers off the track but thats not sporting is it? - fun though!! There are several options such as head to head and time trials which add some variety you can play against the machine or multiplayer. This game has kept my interest longer than any other and this is down to its good quality design. It is excellent value for money and will appeal to a wide age range both male and female. A firm favourite.
Micro Machines is a long running series of top down racers that has appeared on every platform imaginable, however it is particularly good on the gameboy due to its simplicity and 'pick up and play' style. For those who don't know, you race over various everyday surfaces such as kitchen tables, science desks and ponds over land, sea and air in various vehicles. This version includes loads of new levels and vehicles, but at heart it is a similar game to its predecessors. But this is no bad thing. The main game mode is challenge, where you race on progressively harder circuits against progressively harder opponents. This is good fun, and offers some replayability. The computer opponents are pretty good, although rather predictable. Also on offer is the usual time trial mode, and head to head, which is the classic style of play, in which you score points for driving far enough off the screen so that your opponents disappear from view. This can also be played in multiplayer which is particularly fun, and can even be played on a single gameboy (although things get a little cramped). Vehicles all have very distinctive handling, and require completely different driving techniques. It takes a lot of skill to master them all. Graphics wise, things are simple but fast, the way it should be, although at times there is a little slow down. The big problem for me is the lack of battery backup. This means that time trial times are not saved, defeating the purpose in my opinion. There is a password system for the challenge mode, however. If you don’t mind about this, bump the score up to 5 stars. This is a very fun game that requires more skill than you may think. Buy it if you like racers.