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Monster Trucks Mayhem (GBA)

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      20.05.2009 18:53
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      "Monster Trucks Mayhem" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2006 by Zoo Digital Publishing. It is a racing game featuring monster truck vehicles. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The gameplay of this title reflects a typical racing genre release. In it, players select from four monster trucks and compete against computer opponents in circuit races with aims of placing in the highest possible rank. The game also features a "destroy everything" mode which requires the player to compete against the computer and crush as many objects as possible using his or her chosen vehicle. The vehicles do not reflect any popular names such as "Grave Digger" or "Bigfoot", instead only differing in colour (blue truck, green truck, purple truck and red truck). There is little difficulty in this game as many of the race courses are repetitive in design. Some difficulty is noted during the early races as the player initially starts with a restricted vehicle in terms of its attributes. It is through winning races that the player will gain in-game cash which can be exchanged for parts and upgrades to better balance and overtake the computer vehicles.

      The graphics are presented from a trailing view of the player's vehicle. I found the images to be very simple in their detailing. The wheels of the vehicle do not rotate and remain in a fixed position at all times; they appear to be solid black discs on the display. I also found the course design to suffer from intense pixelation and looked almost like gravel in comparison to dirt. The audio is comparably simple with quicker rock tunes and sound effects to include white crowd noise and engine acceleration effects.

      Overall, Monster Trucks Mayhem is a game which I would be hesitant about recommending to prospective buyers. It is highly repetitive in play and is further restricted by its poorer visuals and simple audio.

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