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      09.04.2009 19:41
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      "Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Driver" is a video game released to the Gameboy Color console in 1999 by Mattel. The game features designs and instruments from the popular children's diecast toy vehicles 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 title is released under the racing genre. Players choose from a selection of five popular "Hot Wheels" vehicles and compete in a race to compete the course in the fastest time. In an odd change of pace, the game is presented as somewhat of a side scrolling game which does not allow full control of the player's vehicle and offers little area for movement. In an effort to appeal to children, various stunts and jumps are implemented to add some degree of difficulty; the player must align his or her wheels in a centred balance to accurately "land" a jump and maintain speed during the race. It is otherwise a very simple title to complete and would appeal to a younger market well. There is also a second player option with use of an optional game link cable which, like most racing titles, is the crux of extended appeal overall.

      Graphics could have used additional work in detailing. The environmental features are very well rendered but there did appear to be a sense of "blockiness" in the car detailing and patterns. It is not necessarily a repelling feature of the game but does draw unnecessary attention to itself. There is an acceptable use of colours to accurately reflect what is a typical "Hot Wheels" toy set complete with orange and yellow track segments. I did not find the audio to be particularly noteworthy. In fact, the only sound fragment is a screech to suggest car acceleration during play.

      Overall, Stunt Track Driver is an average racing game which does offer some appeal to a wider market. The added second player option is an enjoyable implement and would likely keep this title fresh and well played for a considerable time.

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