“ An adventure racing game with Volkswagen Beetles. From Electronic Arts. „
Back in the prime years of N64 playing, Beetle Adventure Racing was one of the cheap and cheerful budget buys that offered you an alternative to the more mainstream racing games. The graphics were reasonably good and the game was easy to play.
The game involves pitting your wits against VW Beetles in a VW Beetle of your own. There are three levels - easy, medium and hard and the idea of the game is to enroll in a championship whereby you unlock courses by coming in a high position and gain cheats to make the game more interesting by finding hidden routes, the courses are pretty inventive and interesting, ranging from a regular road through town and country through to driving through land attacked by an erupting volcano.
Although there's not much in the way of different courses, it makes for good multiplayer as it supports 2 and 4 player modes, due to the amount of shortcuts and different routes that you are able to take on each course, this makes gaming against others pretty fun, let's face it - it doesn't take too long to defeat the computer drivers!
Now that the prices have all dropped on the majority of N64 games (a couple of rare ones seem to be quite pricey), its hard to value it's original value factor but despite its ease, it's pretty cool and I could see it becoming a cult game in years to come!
Probably one of the low budget games made for the N64, it has decent graphics and fairly decent driving physics, although it isnt the most spectacular game it will still hold your attention for a couple of hours. The game supports 2 player races and 4 player battles.
A similar game was created in Australia under the name of 'HSV Adventure Racing' exactly the same game, but with Holden's instead of Volkswagen's.
The game revolves around winning the races whilst finding the secrets hidden in each race track in order to get bonus points in the championships and to unlock cheats to use in the game.
Tracks vary from driving on country roads, to driving on alpine slopes and driving through an island in the middle of volcanic eruption.
There are 3 different types of VW Beetle which you can use in the races: one for speed, one for handling and one for acceleration. Each looking slightly different from the other.
There is however a lack of tracks, there are only a handful of tracks in the game, not enough to keep you playing for a long time.
I have owned this game for about twleve months now and it has to be one of the best racing games on the N64, and believe me, the competition is pretty steep! My opinion is going to be biased on this game, as the VW Beetle is my favouirte car of all time. The game has a lot of different tracks and they are all different, some are in the desert, in the jungle, in the snow and in the city. Its not just one of those racing games where you just go around the course and try to beat the other cars on the road, there are points to collect, short cuts to find, bonus tracks to earn and there and if you collect a certain amount of points you gat a new, faster, more stylish car to choose from in the future. Did I mention there is also a battle mode on the game where you can beat the living daylights out of your opponent by using an erray of weird and wonderful weapons to destroy your opponent or opponents as there is the four multi player option aswell that allows up to four players at a time. Thats not all though, you can customise your can to your personal preferances and can even have a car that changes colour, pretty good eh? This is not your usual racing game and I can honestly say it is one of the most entertaing, games I have ever bought for my N64, and believe me, I am not easily amazed, but this game did if for me, I advise anyone who likes racing games and a bit of a laugh and appriciate excellent graphics to give it a try.
I bought this game quite a while ago nearly a year. It has to be one of the better racing games on the N64. The levels are hard but after a few goes and you find the shortcuts they get easier. The graphics is clear and precise and the game does give a good feel of speed. The bonus nitros give you a real boost of speed. The bonuses and extras are thrown all over the levels. The multiplayer is where the game is let down. It is good but I have only played it with two players more might be more entertaining. I hear there is a cheat for the game to open up the cars as you can progress up the levels to get faster and more multicoloured beetles. Overall I would recommend to buy at a second hand price.
Welcome to a world where Volkswagen Beetles rule the raceways. Okay so it may not be Mario Kart or Diddy Kong Racing, but hey that’s a good thing. Beetle Adventure Racing surely represents its title nicely; it’s one big adventure packed with lots of surprises, thrills, and of course spills. Gameplay: 9.0 The opening intro pretty much demonstrates the wackiness and excitement that BAR brings. The championship mode is the place where you’ll spend hours driving your bug, but there’s also a two-player competition and multiplayer battle. The championship mode starts you off on novice and the first round of racing offers three cars to choose from. Wins are decided to the driver who has the most accumulated points in each circuit, points vary depending on what place you get. So after you know the basic rules it's time to start racing. In all there are 8 racers (including yourself) and three laps per track. Competition is usually stiff and close races are always expected. The tracks themselves are enormous and fully exploring every inch is where the real fun comes into play. Hidden throughout each track are dozens of shortcuts and secret areas, and in a way there’s no straightforward path to each race. Flying off a bridge and discovering a cave with a UFO, accidentally crashing into a glass window that leads to a hotel hallway, and driving through an abandon castle that is haunted are just some of the outrageous stuff you’ll find buried away in BAR. The speed of the cars seems slow compared to other true racing games, but further in the game you’ll gain access to speedier bugs. As a result to slow cars, races seem to drag on forever, sometimes up to 10 minutes. This is not the cars fault though; keep in mind that the tracks are HUGE. Most cars handle well, and there’s usually a car that fits your driving style. Violent drivers may be disappointed to learn that there are no power-ups tha
t can damage other opponents. The two-player split screen racing is really fun, while the multiplayer battle mode offers lots of shooting and chasing. The multiplayer mode is just like any typical death match mode. You run around levels picking up weapons or bizarre power-ups and try to kill your opponents. The arenas are small in size and in order to unlock others you must collect 100 points (by hitting boxes on the tracks) in the 1-player championship mode. Graphics: 8.5 It’s not going to wow you but hey it still looks great. The newly designed Beetles of the nineties are used as the car models, and they closely mimic the real thing. Track design is amazing and shortcuts further increase the game’s style. I couldn't really find any major flaws with the graphics; only thing that comes to mind is that there should have been a couple of more tracks (but that comment should be with the gameplay). The little things are what make BAR special. Surprises and sometimes disasters are hidden around every corner. In one level you’re driving through a small dirt road with electric fences on both sides. At first it seems calm until an enormous T-Rex pops its head out of the trees and makes an unwelcoming roar toward you. Even though it’s supposed to scare the gamer I really had a good laugh. Sound: 8.5 It’s a N64 racing game where I could actually stand the music and sound effects. The music is repetitive, usually the same beats played over and over, but I was able to bear with it. The little commentator guy sounds great and spices the game up a bit. Sound effects are incorporated nicely through the tracks, and fit perfectly with environments. The shattering of ice crystals in a dark frosty cave, the bubbling of hot molten lava, or the soothing sound of waterfalls, all account for some great sound effects. Overall: 9.0 My first impression when I played this game wasn
’t so good, I felt the game needed more speed and other elements that would increase the danger level in this game, boy was I wrong. After really settling down with BAR I started to grasp the concept of what it was trying to do. Beetle Adventure Racing appears like an average Kart racer, but take a closer look and you’ll discover a challenging racing adventure with lots of twists and turns along the way.