Product Type: Electronic Arts Nintendo 64 games
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A poor game, but with glimmers of a good one.
Hot Wheels Turbo Racing (N64)
Member Name: Jenraux
Hot Wheels Turbo Racing (N64)
Advantages: Good amount of vehicles, some decent tracks
Disadvantages: Some tracks have poor design, rubbish multiplayer, very repetitive
I usually don't trust games based on manufacturers of toys and the like. But as i like collecting Nintendo 64 games and this one was on cheap at Amazon UK, i decided to buy it regardless.
The games main focal point, is of course, racing. There are a few tracks to race on, some of them are what you would expect a Hot Wheels game to have, crossroads where lots of carnage can happen. Unfortunately the amount of cars in each race, which is 4 if i remember correctly, means that you rarely see your competitors, you're usually miles ahead of them, as the game isn't all that difficult either. Tracks are unlocked by simply progressing through the stages and winning races. There are 11 tracks in total.
Luckily as the game is based on the Hot Wheels series, there was plenty of vehicles for the developers to put into the game, and it shows. There are about 40 vehicles to drive in the game, these are unlocked by finding the 'new car' secrets on each track.
Power-ups are present on each track, there are 5 or 6 different power-ups, some are weapons, others just temporarily upgrade your car's abilities.
The driving on the game can feel a bit strange, but you'll get used to it after a while, all racing games feel different, this one just feels... more different. Stunts can be used by heading off ramps and using buttons on the controller. These will earn you Turbo's which give you a small boost of speed.
Damage is also present in the game, but it doesn't really affect gameplay too much, in my opinion it might as well not be in the game.
The multiplayer side of the game is very poor, it only supports up to 2 players, and there is no option for AI drivers. Which means it's always a 1vs1, you'll probably get bored after the 2nd or even the 1st race.
In the end i must say that unless your collecting N64 products, then you shouldn't buy this game, the singleplayer mode is acceptable and the multiplayer mode is poor. You'll pick it up for a couple of hours, finish the singleplayer mode, and never touch it again. The tracks and amount of vehicles are probably the only good points to this game, and some of the tracks are still poorly designed.
Summary: Even a racing fan won't enjoy this game much, stay away from it.
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