BC Racers is a kart racing game starring characters from the Core Design's Chuck Rock series of games.
Each of the racers in this game rides a prehistoric motorcycle with a side car. On each two-character team, one person drives the motorcycle, and the other fights off opponents using clubs, punches, kicks, etc.
Graphics in BC Racers consist of a flat landscape decorated with scaled sprites to compose the track and scenery.
Back in the stone age the millionaire and playboy Millstone Rockafella arranges a bike race of the wilder kind. The winner will receive the "Ultimate Boulder Bash Bike" - a must-have for every cool caveman. So it comes that 8 teams - 6 of them consisting of 2 persons and the other two of single-dinos - race this tournament. Among the riders are some well known VIPs (at least if you spent lots of time playing other caveman games) : Chuck Rock & Chuck JR, Cliff Ace and Roxy, Stiggy and many more.
From the main menu you have the choice how difficult your game should be: Practice, Easy, Medium and ROCKHARD. Each difficulty level has 8 heats which makes a total of 32 tracks. If you win all 8 heats you gain a trophy. After being successful in all races you will get the adored boulder bash bike.
The first thing you have to do is to chose one of the 5 teams to race with. The next screen is a 3D racetrack and the camera zooms to your Fred Flintstone-like bike waiting for the starter-caveman to swing the flag. All bikes (except those of the dinos) have a sidecar with the second team member. He (or she) is responsible for hitting the other bikes with his (or her) special weapon. We have hammers, clubs, a screaming female and stuff like that depending which team you chose. If you hit one of the other bikes they get damaged or they drift off the track. But be careful if you are hit or if you ram the other bikes (or the obstacles on and next to the track) as your bike can be damaged, too. If your bike is wrecked you have to use one life to restart the current race.
The first race is in "Rock City". After that you have a night rally, desert drive, jungle rumble, swamp stomp, blizzard blitz, cave rave and finally the volcano dash. If you gathered enough points during each race, you get the trophy and the sceneries repeat with harder tracks.
For real fun try the two player split-screen mode and race against your friends. This feature increases the replay-factor dramatically.
The controls are a bit confusing at first. If you have no joystick you accelerate with "q" and brake with "a". To go left press ',' and to go right use '.' (full stop). Use to punch and to activate your nitro-boost. Hitting 'a' while steering makes it a handbrake turn. Press 'P' to pause the game. When paused you can change Graphical detail-levels with the function keys (F1, F2...).
The graphics in the game are quite good (320 x 200 pixels, bitmap objects in a "flat" 3D world). To conclude all that I have to say that BC Racers is a nice racing game that used the up-to-date technology of the early 90s. If you love games like WackyWheels you may have a lot of fun with BC Racers but it surely has not the quality to become an evergreen since the tracks do not vary enough and there are no power-ups or special weapons you can discover. I would give it 3 out of 5 possible points.
Small race game in the prehistoric. Looks like Mario Kart, but it's not. Really. The graphics are okay. But you can't do much else then drive..
A fun prehistoric racing game that was also released on many console systems, e.g. 3DO and Megadrive. The storyline is as simple as the gameplay: millionaire caveman Millstone Rockafella has arranged a formula BC contest with a Ultimate Boulderdash Bike as the prize. A host of bizarre characters have entered in pairs -- one driving, one deploying weapons from the side-car -- in a wacky race across eight circuits ranging from a 'jungle rumble' to the hellish 'volcano dash'.
There are four skill settings and they make a significant difference in game, with 'easy level' loop tracks suddenly spawning all sorts of dog-leg corners and chicanes on harder difficulty settings. Other than that, it's all very straightforward with no power-ups or unusual hazards -- apart from bridges and leaps. Besides one-player mode, you have a choice of competing against a second player alone or with all the racers included. Getting down to gameplay, the first minutes you need to get used to the steering which reacts much stronger than in the shareware kart games. This really is not a problem here, since the controls are much more manageable than the overly- sensitive steering of Virgin's SuperKarts. In BC Racers, you get used to it quite fast. The first stage is easy and just a warm-up. The second one features a race at night as extra difficulty. There's a light spot in front of you, in the area of your front lamp, but the view is much worse than in the first stage. Upcoming stages feature bridges and ramps - too bad if you miss them - and even snow. After eight stages, the settings repeat but with new courses. This way, you get 32 levels in all. The higher ones have quite interesting course lay-outs (in contrast to the rather simple first eight levels) with narrow passages and even narrower short-cuts. As they get very difficult later on, it should be enough to keep you occupied for a while. Even more in split-screen two-player-mode, of course, which harks back to the days of Epyx's Pitstop, with very good graphics detail that isn't very pixellated. Overall, if you enjoy Wild Wheels or other kart racing games, you'll enjoy BC Racers. Not a top dog, but recommended -- and best of all, the game was released as freeware in 1995 :)
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