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Written by ST Graveyard

December 14, 2001
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Is it possible for a F1 simulation game to have pretty unrealistic gameplay and graphics, yet still be the best in its genre? I think the answer is YES, especially after playing "VROOM".


Released in 1991 by Lankhor, this game is something special. At first, it doesn't seem like much, but ones you get the joystick in your hands, you're hooked.


Pure, adrenaline pumping speed, that's what it is all about. A few months after its initial release, Lankhor developed a datadisk with 5 new tracks. 2 years later, the team behind the game got the recognition they deserved, and a new, bigger version was released by Domark, called "F1 World Championship".


Graphics

As mentioned before, nothing special here! The tracks look very empty, with a 3D object here and there. The cars are drawn in simple, sparse bitmaps. But it doesn't really matter, believe me! In the end, it doesn't look bad either!


Sound

The best sound FX I've ever heard in a racing game! The engine noise just kicks ass! Turn up the speakers and start to burn some rubber! There is no music in the game, except for the intro track.


Gameplay

Let me start by saying that if you're looking for a super realistic simulation, you'd be better off with "Formula One World Championship" by Microprose! If, however, you are looking for some serious speed and want to see the scrolling capabilities of your ST, then you gotta try this baby!


The game starts with an easy to use menu. Here you can choose between the different game modes (Arcade, Training, Racing etc.), Automatic or Manual transmission, mouse or joystick control, number of laps. It's also possible to play against another human by using a null-modem cable!


The first mode, "Arcade", well, turns the sim into an arcade game. In this mode you can almost make it through every turn without using the brakes. Not very realistic but a load of fun! You have to try and stay in the top 3 on each of the 5 tracks to complete the game.


In the Racing mode you have to complete a season, starting with qualification rounds. During the race you may visit the pitstop for some re-fueling, tyre changes etc. You're also able to tune your car before the race. This is more for the realism fans among us. Steering gets a lot tougher, and practice is needed to finish the tracks!


Controls are very accurate! And the opponents A.I. isn't bad either. They can be a real pain. Especially when you didn't manage to take a turn and see them all fly by, making you the last one in the race. Really frustrating!


All of this might sound really dull, but what makes this game so amazing is the feeling of speed it creates. Never have a felt this before in a game. The scenery flies by at 50 frames a second! Racing through narrow sections and tunnels makes your heart pump faster. Driving on a hill at 200MPH, without knowing what to expect when you reach the top, is even a bit scary! It's a rush and a real test for your reflexes!


Conclusion

What can I say? Personally, I think "Vroom" is the best racer available for the ST. There aren't any fancy graphics, and the realism doesn't come close to other simulations, but its fluidity and speed makes it a unique gaming experience! And what is the most important thing for a RACING GAME? The name of the game says it all! Think about it...





Score
  • Graphics: 7
  • Sound: 10
  • Gameplay: 9
  • Overall: 8

Review Comments

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Son Shu Shi

March 21, 2021 by ST Graveyard

What an accomplishment this game is. Created with such a small team, the result is really amazing. The game oozes creative passion. While the gameplay is really well balanced, it is a tough cookie, very hard from time to time with its moments of sheer frustration. As of level 3, timing becomes key. You will need to practice and learn the levels to complete this game, there are so many bad guys on screen it sometimes gets a bit hard to take.

Blood Money

April 4, 2020 by Morcar

Graphically, it's also nice on the eyes with well-defined graphics and animation. You really get the feeling that the developers put some thought and love into the game. Remember what I said about the large levels? Well these are wonderful and are very different to each other, they also scroll fairly smooth in all four directions.

Cybernoid - The Fighting Machine

March 28, 2020 by Morcar

When you boot up the game you’re presented with a fantastic loading picture of your ship. It's detailed with bold colours and it tells you This is 16-bit, bitch. Then you get the wonderful rendition of the Cybernoid theme that's on all the 8-bit versions. It's not exact but the changes still make it noticeable to anyone who knows it.

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