I vividly recall my first memories of SuperSpeed. Back in those days we were preoccupied with writing demos and small games, but when this game came into our possession, we were just entering our last week of exams. As I had some time to spare that particular afternoon, I quickly fired up my 386, installed the game and prepared for a short gaming session. Five hours later, curses were flying, Gods were called upon, and I still had to start studying. Never underestimate the power of a small game.
Looking back at it now and giving it another hour of gameplay, I can still see what got my initial attention, although the graphics are nothing special. They now look rather mediocre, but they serve their purpose well. Music is also nothing special to write home about: some fumbled blips and beeps, some basic sound effects here and there and that about sums it up.
But moving on to the real nitty gritty, we stumble upon its excellent gameplay, the cute little cars, the variation of tracks or perhaps the difficulty of the game (or better - the lack thereof), after some time, it sucks you right in and makes you race on. And did I mention that your opponents seem to have just received their driving licenses and that there are just two kinds of powerups? Oh well, you can't have it all. Despite these things, the game deserves a 4 on my personal list, even if just for that lost afternoon.
For all those interested in the controls:
left shift starts player 1 / throttlez left turnx right turn
Highly underestimated, not well known by the larger public but certainly worth giving it a shot. I bet you won't reget it. Just make sure you have nothing special to prepare for that day.
Super Speed is nice little top-down racer that pays homage to Indy 500, an old arcade racing game. Like its spiritual predecessor, Super Speed allows up to 4 players to race around a curvy track, performing wild spins in trying to reach the finish line first. Though the graphics aren't as sharp as the old arcade game, it nonetheless looks pretty close to the original, and includes all the familiar game components such as the maps and the way the car handles. You can collect wrenches, which in turn would be traded into the garage for adding traction, speed, acceleration or points.
Played from the same top down perspective, tracks would have hazards such as oil slicks, dirt mounds, puddles of water and also tornadoes that would roam around the tracks. Slamming into the cars and side of the tracks constantly will eventually result in blowing up your car. But not to worry as the familiar helicopter will swoop on by and get you going on your way.
The game was released as shareware, with six additional tracks included in the full version (downloadable here). Overall, Super Speed is a fun, albeit simple racing game that is well worth a look. It may not be the next Micro Machines, but for a few minutes of good ol' racing fun with friends, Super Speed is more than adequate.
Super Speed is a 2D racing game, and it`s hard to control it and i`d better tell you the buttons because if I wouldn`t then you would probably get mad at me: "Z"- steer left, "X"- steer right, and push "Shift" to accelerate! Once you understand (or learn by heart) where and when you need to turn, the game becomes boring.
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