PC Rally is a rally arcade racing game very similar in looks to Gaelco's World Rally Championship (1993), except for the fact that in PC Rally the car sprite is much bigger. There are three game modes: training, single race and championship. The first two will be useful to practice in any of the 30 circuits, while the last one is where the serious stuff begins.
In the championship mode you will first have to choose difficulty (easy, normal or hard) and the circuit where you want to start (as in real life, each circuit will be also divided in ten parts). Finally, you will have to choose your car, which will be either a Toyota Celica or a Lancia Delta HF Integrale, whom depending on your economical gains after the races, will be upgradeable.
In the old times, when almost everybody still used DOS, I was addicted to all racing games - just like this one. However, PC Rally falls into an average category.
There are three modes of play:
-Training: where you can practice and get used to the controls;-Run Track: you just choose a track and run it (what a surprise);-Championship: this one is for real, so let's talk a little bit more about it.
First thing to do in championship mode is to choose the difficulty setting: Easy, Medium or Hard. You will also have to pick a track where the race will occur. All tracks require that you complete 10 stages in order to proceed to the next one. After you made your choices, you'll have to pick up one of the two featured cars: Toyota Celica or Lancia Delta. You can also "upgrade" it if you got enough money.
The graphics are noting special for the time, as for a 1995 game they could be much better. The sounds are more noisy than enjoyable, especially at the game menu; however you can turn them off. As for the controls, you may choose the keys you want to use, which is a good feature. Now for the bad things: game play is quite bad because the car handling is unsatisfactory, or to be completely honest, its controling the damn thing is stressful to say the least. Another fault is the inexistence of a map showing your position in the track, so, unless you known the tracks very well, you can never tell when you're going to hit the end.
If you like rally games, then you will probably enjoy this one. I rate it with 3 out of 5.
PC Rally is a below average shareware rally racing game from Spain's Digital Dreams Multimedia. The game lets you drive either a Toyota Celica or a Lancia Delta HF Integrale in 30 world championship circuits. The graphics are below average, the gameplay boring, the interface awkward, and car handling unsatisfactory: you will often feel like you are driving a two-dimensional paperdoll car that basically "glides" frictionlessly on the road. There is no feature in PC Rally that has not been done many times better by the likes of Rally Championship and other rally games. Recommended only if you are interested in racing games with a strong arcade feel and digitized car graphics.
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