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This game is great for those of us who love a bit of nostalgia. Wacky Races Crash and Dash features a range of key characters from the popular cartoon of the same name including Penelope Pitstop, The ant hill mob and of course Dastardly and Mutley.
Game play: Players can choose whether to play as an individual or against one another. It is suitable for up to four players. The aim of the game is to race around a selection of cross country tracks whilst avoiding a range of booby traps and tricks which can hinder your progress. Players steer using the arrow buttons and power their car by shaking the remote. Personally, I find it quite hard to maintain constant speed in this way as after a while my arm starts to ache! It really is a mad dash! Having played other racing games such as Mariokart I was disappointed by the simplistic graphics and fairly similar game play, it became a little boring. Having said that, my children aged 6 and 9 love it!
In conclusion I would say great if you enjoy racing games and childhood favourites the Wacky Races this game is for you. Currrently, it retails at £29.99, however I bought our copy second hand in a two for £20.00 deal at Gameszone so well worth shopping around.
Is it just me or in seemingly no time at all there is millions of Wii games available? I remember not that long ago Wii sports was all the rage but mainly because there was little other choice of games. Now I often scan the shelves to see lots of games that look absolutely dreadful yet 'Wacky Races Crash and Dash' had some sort of appeal.
The original cartoon series ran from 1968 to 1970 making it a favourite with the older generation but thanks to cartoon network in the 1990s I came across its existence. The main plot of the cartoon was that Dick Dastardly and his dog sidekick Mutley would be leading the race but always had to set a trap for the other racers which inevitably ended up going wrong and they would lose the race.
At £29.99 I thought it was a bit steep but the game has many features which I have found enjoyable. After picking your favourite racer you can either do an individual race, or take part in a circuit which is 4 races. You must win a circuit outright to unlock the next circuit giving you incentive to stick at it. There are six circuits overall.
The controls are the Wii remote to activate powers and for trap challenges (discussed later) and the numb chuck for steering the car. Once on the track you jostle for the lead and look to run over widgets which give you the opportunity to use your own super powers. Powers include Penelope Pitstop charming the competition by throwing hearts onto the other drivers which slow them down. The slag brothers have earthquake power making your wii remote shake if you get caught by their tide. The other cars will use their powers so half the battle is listening to the commentator commenting on the other drivers so that you can avoid anything bad coming your way.
Three times in every race there are traps set by Dick Dastardly where the game takes you to a separate setting where you might have to avoid bombs dropping from above by batting them back, manoeuvre your vehicle around rocks when Mutely has gassed the screen so you cant see properly etc.
**Aim of the Game/How to score points (and lose points)
The aim of the game is obviously to win but to do that you need to have 'mad dash cogs'. Your mad dash cogs fill up as you race on the track. They fill up quicker if you are in the lead, you get full cogs if you complete a trap challenge and can get many cogs if one of your powers is used to knock every other car off the screen.
However, you can lose points. If you fail a challenge one is taken away, as is the case if you fall off the screen which can happen frequently if you don't watch out for the other cars and their powers. When the finishing line is in site you see a white line and then its time to shake your Wii remote. The more cogs you have the faster your car will go. I have found on a one player setting you only need about three cogs to get your racer fast enough to steal the race. The more circuits you do though the races get harder. It becomes harder to get those cogs filled up as well as the traps getting harder too.
One of the best things about the game I feel is the different settings you get so that any ability can play and develop their skills on the game. For example, you can put the difficulty of the game down to zero which is still competitive enough without being too easy. You can then raise the bar of quality as you get better.
There is an incentive based reason to keep playing the game; for each circuit you complete you unlock a new circuit and even for a singular race win you unlock wacky racers bio's for the gallery section which is an added bonus. Making me come back to complete all the circuits I was pleasantly surprised that following completion it has the same circuits again but with an option called 'crazy difficult', this has six further circuits; 24 races but on a different scale of difficulty, and a reason to keep coming back to play the game.
The game is enjoyable and with the different race tracks, which I believe are based on episode names and settings, as well as trap challenges make it varied enough to have endless hours of fun. You can have up to four players playing and this makes it more enjoyable and surreal where four people are shaking their remotes like mad men at the end of each race.
The commentary is also good; if a little repetitive, though it adds to the retro feel, i.e. where you feel like it's an actual episode you are taking part in. Other good points are the bonus material such as the bio's of each racers, which again need to be unlocked by race success. Each trap is also in tandem with cartoon footage of dick dastardly and mutely which after seeing a few times can be removed by pressing 'A' on wii remote.
The commentary is a little annoying due to its repetitiveness but the characters are the same as the original series so for many people playing it there will be a feel of nostalgia about it. I guess the one thing that perhaps could have been different could have been having dick dastardly actually in the race instead of just appearing for traps - for example he is nowhere to be seen when you are racing towards the finishing line. An idea could have been for him to reappear and make a nuisance of himself for you and the other drivers, like happened in the original series.
I would say the biggest bad point is the price. £30 is probably a bit too steep; it is good but not that good. I think if you can find it anywhere on ebay/amazon for £15 it would be a bargain though £20 wouldn't be an outrageous price to pay. The game has not been out too long so perhaps around January 2009, after the Christmas rushes you could find this for what it is worth. In fact as I have updated this review I have found that ebay have offers at £11.99 and HMV often have it in their sales.
The Wii is one of the only consoles that doesn't have a specific target market such as young males, whole families can endure fun from playing the games. Wacky Races proves just that; being attractive to those who saw the original series as well as the inevitable hoards of youngsters playing the wii games. I think many families and friends could have fun on this retro game; it gives justice to the tv show and I think it well worthy of four stars!
I have updated this from my review on ciao as dtait07
ITS OK I SUPPOSE IS THIS ONE!
I TOLD MY CHILDREN (AGE 5 AND 6) I'D BOUGHT IT FOR THEM BUT REALLY IT WAS ME THAT WANTED. YOU KNOW A BIT OF NOSTALGIA.
THE MUSIC IS GREAT AND SO IS THE COMMENTRY AS WE ALL REMEMBERED FROM THE EIGHTIES. INFACT FOR ABOUT A HOUR ITS HILARIOUS. EVEN THOUGH THE CHILDREN DIDN'T GET IT. THE CAST AND CARS ARE ALL AS WE REMEMBERED. SO WAS IT ANY GOOD?
THIS GAME SAYS AGE 3+. WELL I FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO CONTROL AND I WOULD CONSIDER MYSELF A SEASONED GAMER. THERES POWER UP, SHORT CUTS AND YOU CAN RAM INTO OTHER CARS. BUT AFTER 20 MINUTES OF PLAY IF YOU HAVEN'T GIVEN UP ALTOGETHER YOU'LL BE REACHING FOR THE REMOTE CONTROL TO PUT THE MUTE BUTTON ON. THE MUSIC AND COMMENTERY GETS ANNOYING AFTER A WHILE.
THERES MANY RACING GAMES AVAILABLE ON THE Wii THAT ARE SO MUCH BETTER.
THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS I BOUGHT MINE NEW AND IT COST ME £7 SO THERE IS BARGAINS TO HAD IF YOU FANCY IT. MINE WENT ON EBAY AFTER A WEEK. SO DISAPPOINTING.
Ok this is a funny one. Its an extreamally fun game, but what ever you do dont buy it! Get a few friends round and rent it. This game is hilarious for anyone who is a fan of the series, but only for a short time. The race its self is totally random with play frequently interuppted by cut scenes (that are funny at first but repeat far too often) and mini games which are a welcome distraction. This game has everything you expect power ups and weapons mad cap racing and dick dasterdly. The art style is superbly pulled off with the 3D vehicles still resembling thier 2d counterparts we all remember.
An excellent little party game for one night only. Play twice and you'll wish you never laid eyes on it. If that commontator says "Peter perfect flys ahead with super inflated tyres" one more time i swear i am going to put the wiimote through my screen!