Based around a classic motor car race from either side of the war, 1000 Miglia (literally '1000 miles') is an unusual racing game. You have to progress across Italy through a number of stages in your rickety 20s car. Keeping within time limits at each point is crucial to staying in the game.
At the beginning of the game, you can choose the spare parts that you will take with yourself in case your car breaks down. You also choose a car and set up the skills for your two drivers; you can distribute points between Skill, Resistance and Mechanics, and choose the driver's favorite part of the race.
Atmospheric conditions change throughout the race: sometimes the weather will be clear, sometimes you'll have to drive through rain or mist. During the race, your car will sometimes lose a wheel or need other repairs. If this happens, you'll lose a couple of minutes repairing it - as long as you have the appropriate spare part; if you don't have one, it's game over!
1000 Miglia - the roaring years of sports cars. A title that makes us think of WOW what a game this must be … well, be excited as long as you can - It'll be the only nice emotions you will have for the next few moments before switching back to Outrun.
It is 1927 and after enormous difficulties the first Italian automobile race called 1000 miglia (meaning the 1000 miles cup) is about to be started. Manufactures needed to decrease the powers of their brand new cars to fit in the regulations made by an official racing crew to compete against various opponents. It was fist thought that this race would never be repeated but after the total success of the first race it became more and more popular. Since 1927 it was held once a year (with a break during WW2) until today. If you wish more information visit www.1000miglia.it or read the manual.
Let's talk about the game that tries to bring us a bit of the glorious race event into our houses. Once in, select your driver and car from the roster (be sure to take one with good mechanic abilities). When you finished select the year you want to drive (1927 - 1933) and start your race. You have the chance to take up to 6 spare parts with you. Choose wisely - this can save a lot of time when you are in trouble.
Finally the race begins and the semi-3D bitmaps fly all around you. Try to steer a bit and do not dare to drive at full speed (neither CPU cycles nor the cars speed itself) or you might come into the trouble screen quite fast. The trouble screen is the thing you'll see at least two or three times each race. It means you have hit too many obstacles and you car needs repairs. When you like to know where the hell you are, just press space to access the race map and the drivers physical status. When you see your driver is almost out of energy you might want to switch the pilots.
After some short time you have finished the first stage and can directly jump to the next one. A nice thing is the option to save the game after a race to be able to continue another day. A day where you forgot about the sound- and gameplay-miseries.
It is quite hard to write a conclusion now that I didn't say too much good about Mille miglia. I think it is best when you try it yourself. It definitely didn't convince me and so I rather continue playing Outrun and Lotus.
First problem I encountered was the question “What do I need to start?” - A midi driver. But no prob, it is includes. First run “MIDI3DRV.EXE” and then “MIGLIA.EXE”. For the impatient ones there is also a “mm.bat” to speed it up a bit.
Quite a different racing game while it still sticks to the regular way of arcade driving games. Similar to the popular Outrun games you see your car from behind and you will have to drive through a track based on time. You start the game by selecting what drivers you want and you can see their names and what kind of car they have. This part of the game is well done as it's sticking to the theme of the cars (I will get back to that).
The unique part of this game is that you aren't driving in the latest Formula One car or the newest Porsche but actually very old veteran cars (you will be surprised of how fast they can drive in this game). I don't remember seeing this in any other arcade driving game but I have to say it's a brilliant idea and I wonder why no other company has though about this before. It can still be fun to race against other card even if the car is more than 50 years old.
Overall an average game because of the lack of new content in the actual game but still different because of the starting selection in the game and also the unique theme. Both graphics and sound is within the category as well so not particular exciting.
One of the first "historical racing games" ever made, 1000 Miglia from Italian developer Simulmondo is a great racing game that lets you experience the thrills of the "Mille Miglia," a famous annual "one thousand miles" racing event in Italy in which all the racers must use period cars - no sleek modern F1 here. As in the actual race, you race cars from the 1927-1933 period in one long race around Italy, passing Brescia, Ferrara, and Rome.
The game offers excellent graphics and a lot of depth. Before each race, you can take up to 6 spare parts with you from a wide selection of parts including spark plugs, spare tyres, fuel pumps, fan belts, extra batteries, dynamos, and more. The intro screen before each leg of the race is full of good information including brief description of the leg (e.g. "generally flat course with a few difficult 'S' bends"), length, road surface, and weather forecast. The controls are easy to learn, and the presentation is intuitive with all vital information presented in the bottom of the screen. If you enjoy unique racing games or driving period cars, 1000 Miglia is a fun, highly underrated, and unique racer you will probably enjoy. Highly recommended.
Drive through italy in the famous Italian 1000 Miles rally. The graphics are cool as are the really old cars you drive. The game itself is not very addicting..
Although the game looks nice there is actually nothing much about it. It takes place on the famous Italian 1000 Miles rally and is driven by the old, 1930's race cars. Select your car and drive through Italy.
This game should have been better. It looks and plays too much like the old arcade racing games from Spectrum and Commodore 64 games, but PC is much stronger machine and that should have been used much more than it was. You may still enjoy this game for a while.
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