Beetle Buggin' is a gem for racing fans and Volkswagen aficionados with enough action to keep nearly any gamer happy long after purchase. The best aspect of Beetle Buggin' is the five mini-games packed into one good collection. It is extremely difficult to get bored playing the game because of the easy transition from one event to another. The Jump competition is probably the strongest with its combination of speed, daredevil adrenaline and more (nitrous-induced) speed. The only drawback with this mode is the fine line between success and futility, you can only go so far in the event with the default Jump car. If you keep winning Jump events, you win money to buy new cars to make longer jumps. Sometimes, however, the more expensive cars don't jump any further than the cheap ones and you're stuck with an expensive car that won't earn money to buy the next upgrade.
Cross competition is a fun event combining the speed elements of a straight race with the crash possibilities of a figure-8 track. It's difficult to witness crisscross crashes, though, because the pack of cars usually remains tightly bunched. Winning Cross races takes time and requires learning to slow down to make turns and when to pass smaller cars. Not surprisingly, the more you practice, the better you get.
Speed competition is a street race through the curves of a two-lane highway with no frills. It's an old-fashioned race where drivers don't have nitrous and there are no big obstacles. You get an accelerator and brakes and the only strategy is to be faster than the other drivers are. Like Cross competition, Speed races require practice. As you learn the tracks, your standings and times should improve.
Buggy races are not terribly different from Speed events although the speed buggies do make a trek along the beach. Again, the only strategy is to be fast and avoid getting bogged down in wet sand. Buggy races are good but Speed races are better. To win championships, though, you have to master both.
The fifth and final event included in Beetle Buggin' is the Monster competition -- the weakest event, as it is unbelievably difficult with only the clock for an opponent. Completing Monster courses within the allotted time is extremely frustrating. But isn't the purpose of monster trucks to demolish junk cars? While there are some junk cars to run over, the main thrust of the Monster events is to avoid knocking over flashing lights and pylons. What's up with that? Practice may improve your times in this event, but the fun factor just isn't as enjoyable as the other events.
Graphically, Beetle Buggin' is spectacular, with all cars (classic VW Beetles, modern Beetles, microbuses and VW-inspired dune buggies and monster trucks) beautifully rendered. Even backgrounds are well drawn. Moreover, the game's light, guitar-driven soundtrack complements the game. It's surf music and could easily be ported to any game dealing with fun in the sun. The developers at Infogrames have obviously put together an exciting collection of game modes in Beetle Buggin'. So, if you're a fan of racing, this game belongs in your collection.
Graphics: The game combines great looking cars with great looking backgrounds.
Sound: The surf music soundtrack keeps pace with the action and excitement.
Enjoyment: With five good events packed into one game, you'll have a tough time getting bored.
Replay Value: Although it's possible to burn out on some events, most will find the events continually compelling.
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