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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.
Hot Wheels is a selection of toys that I remember from my youth, I can't say that I ever became more involved with them than watching adverts on the TV for them but they looked rather stylish. Hot Wheels Turbo Racing was released in 1999 and did a great job of transforming the vehicles into roadworthy computer game monsters of speed. EA produced this novel computer game, the tracks are relatively easy to follow but if you find yourself facing the wrong direction, it can be a hassle to manouevre your vehicle back on track. The game proclaims that there are three ways to win - win the race, damage the other vehicles or get the highest tricks point tally. When you master a high jump, you have the sudden ability to spin around as you float for a few moments seemlessly, the movement is not too dissimilar from in the 1080 snowboarding game available on the N64. Personally I prefer going for the tricks option, speed is relatively good too but damaging the other vehicles is a little tricky as you often seem to come off worse. There are a couple of extra bonus tracks and vehicles to give you that feeling of a little something extra thrown in. Overall the tracks are imaginative and enjoyable, the graphics are pretty good but the colours of the cars and landscapes are a bit sickly, using lots of greens, purples and browns.