“ Genre: Driving & Racing / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2000-12-21 / Published by Polaris „
When I say Rare in the title, I'm not referring to the game producer but rather the lack of copies of this game sold outside of the US. I first had an N64 in the late 90s and its taken me until now to have even heard of this game.
Snowboarding 1080 was an awesome N64 game but it lacked any serious winter sport competitors, this game whilst not as good is quite fun to play and had the potential to be much more popular. Imagine Wave Race 64 and take out the hoops to jump through and add some snow and you basically have this game, the machines are easy to control and have a very similar gameplay feel.
The graphics are reasonable but not outstanding, the night time races are pretty cool but the music skips a beat every so often and it seems that the game has a couple of problems processing at the right speed. The courses are quite interesting and the launch at the beginning of each level is pretty fun, what this game lacks though is a competitive edge, it might be more interesting if they gave you more things to do rather than just race around the track because it all seems a little bit easy to win.
There are 10 courses in all and each one has some shortcuts which make life more interesting, there's also a fair share of ramps where you can perform tricks. Crashing in this game is all a bit unrealistic and it seems the racers can survive full on high speed collisions with trees. The racers in the game are basically the best racers at the time of the game's release in the snowmobile world.
Overall I would say that Snocross is a good premise for a game but it has some major failings.