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Written by Lorenzo

July 17, 2001

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An old coin op conversion by Domark, a software house famous for its horrible conversions (have you ever tried "S.T.U.N. Runner" ? No ? Well, try it and you WILL be disappointed...). But hey, some of their arcade games, like Badlands or A.P.B., were not so bad, so maybe this one isn' t really crap...


Graphics

Well, it REALLY looks like the original arcade game. Honest. I mean, it looks like the original - when the game is paused, that is. Sadly, the scrolling is jerky and painfully slow, and even if there' s a lot of nice full 3D polygons there' s only one track, and you' ll soon see everything the game has to show.


Sound

Bleargh. I say, there' s only two sounds, "vroom" and "skree !", they could have come out with something better. No way. The "vroom" sounds like a cow with intestinal disease, and the "skree" is incredibly annoying and suspiciously loud...


Gameplay

There' s only one track, even though you can take two different routes, the "speed" and the "stunt" ones. The first, just as the name suggests, is a simple fast track - just keep jour foot down on the gas pedal and run as fast as you can. The second is much shorter, but features a few tricky obstacles; a broken bridge, a looping, a tricky curve... and that' s all. -But that' s enough, ain' t it ?


No, you' re right - it' s not. The whole thing is boring, very boring. The mouse controls are quite difficult to get used to, and once you' ve learned how to steer the game has little or no challenge. It soon becomes a simple matter of beating your own lap record, and there' s really nothing more to keep you playing.


At least, they could have put in a few opponents, but there are only a few scattered vehicles going both ways, and they' re all painfully slow.


Conclusion

And again, if it' s a racing game, and if it' s on a circuit, then why the trucks on the road ? Why the barns scattered here and there ? Aw, forget it, this game just sucks - with or without barns.






Score
  • Graphics: 6
  • Sound: 4
  • Gameplay: 4
  • Overall: 8

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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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