If you're bored of racing Formula 1 cars, rally cars or MotoGP bikes in their natural habitats, the Micro Machines series could be for you. It involves racing miniatures representing particular vehicle types across a particular terrain found around the house. The Sports Cars race on the desktop, 4x4s in the sandpit, Formula 1 cars on a snooker table, and so on.
These levels were packed with variation. The Snooker tables has the track painted on, although this is open to deviation (as are most levels), and had you racing through the pockets and across the rim of the table. Tanks raced as well, with the chance of shooting out your opponent if they got directly in front of you. The desktop levels include binders to jump across, pencil-sharpeners to avoid, and lots of visual jokes in the open homework.
Viewed from overhead with small graphics, the races include up to 4 cars. In one player challenge mode you race through the 21 tracks in a set order, selecting your 3 opponents as you go along (adding a fair amount of strategy - ideally you should aim to eliminate the better CPU cars early on), eliminating one after every third race (assuming that you can finish in the top 2 of a race within your 3 lives). If you win 3 races in a row without using a continue you get a time-trial race which can earn you an extra life.
The real innovation of the game was in the multiplayer modes. You started with 4 points each, and when one car gets far enough ahead to force the other car off-screen, the slider moves in their favour. Once it reached the end (which involved beating them 4 times more than they beat you) you win the level, although if 3 laps were completed, the person leading at that point is declared the winner - with a sudden death play off if scores are level. 9 of the tracks are available in this mode, although you can also play this Head to Head system as a 1-player game across all the tracks.
Micro Machines is a classic racing game of the nineties. Simple, fast-paced and lots of fun. You are given the control of miniature cars and you'll have to race AI opponents or your friends on various locations such as kitchen desks, pool tables, workshops, school desks, gardens, bathtubs etc.
The choice of cars is as diverse as the locations are: there are choppers, speedboats, racecars, tanks, jeeps, formulas and many more vehicles to choose. You'll spend hours just trying out the stages and vehicles. If you thought it ends here you were wrong!
There are also around 20 different drivers and opponents to pick. Its such an amazing game! :) My adrenaline level jumped just because I'm thinking about the game at the moment - just imagine what it feels like playing it then! :)
The controls are simple - you just need to accelerate, turn and slow down. There are a few modes of playing. You can compete against computer opponents in single races or tournaments, or you can race your friends in head to head mode.
The graphics are just sweet and sounds are satisfactory. In conclusion, this is an all around great game that should clearly be given a mark of 5 . Strongly recommended!
This game is volume 1 in one of the greatest racing series ever made to the PC. You are not only racing in cars, but also boats and other weird vehicles. And the tracks are also very different from other games, as you drive on a kitchen floor, on a pool table and race in water.
This game is a very original game. The ability to control a lot of vehicles including small cars, motorboats, tanks etc. makes Micro Machines a very good arcade game.
This game is great. The first level you are in a little jetboat, and you are racing in the bathtub or sink, amongst the bubbles. Then you progress to racecars amongst the waffles, milk spillage and spoons of the breakfast table. You also get to race little trucks and other types of cars, all in funny settings around the house :)
When you pick who you want to play, there are many characters to chose from. You also pick which race you would like to race in, or cycle through the tracks. There is a scale up the side (see screenshot) which starts of with 5 dots for you, and 5 dots for your opponent. To win a race you have to get to the other side of the screen from the opponent 5 times, every time you do that, then one of their dots becomes one of yours. Of course if they have 9 and you have one, you have to win 9 times to win the race overall. It's a lot of fun, and can make races last a long time if you have met your match.
This game looks excellent. The graphics are very good. I played as a girl with pigtails and when I won she would fling her head around like a little kid and stuff - great animations. The racing and stuff also looks great, the scenes etc. I didn't play with sounds though, so I can't comment there.
Definitely worth a try, play vs. the computer or against someone else multiplayer.
Micro Machine games are departures from normal racing games: instead of powerful F-1, you'll race toy cars around homemade courses such as Dad's desktop or Mom's kitchen, each with its own obstacles. Not only do you have cars that require different handling techniques for each course, but in Micro Machines 2 you even get to steer a hovercraft or an helicopter. There are also different playing modes which include innovative "head-to-head", in which you get points when you're so fast you drive out of the screen while your opponent is still in the back part of the screen. Both are great fun, and very addictive :)
Heh, something different in the arcade driving genre. This time You'll drive...toys! Boats, 4x4, sport cars...all kinds of toys. The tracks are also very interesting - kitchen table, desktop, bathtub... And it has a good old multiplayer option. Great to play with friends.
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