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Micro Machines 64 Turbo

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Reviewed by Solomon Smith Micro Machines was first introduced to us with Super Nintendo, and then Game Boy. Now it has returned with the 64. Keeping the basic racing format we knew and loved with its predecessors. You control small cars, trucks, even tanks in an overhead view. There are also weapons you can pick up and use ranging from a grappling hook to mines. There are different modes of play, including challenge or multi player mode. You can play one to eight players, save your progress and/or new cars earned.

Graphics: 9.0 out of 10

Whether you are flying through sugar spills and leaving a trail behind or speeding by the sleeping pets you will be amazed at the detail of the surroundings and your interaction with them. The water tracks are simply amazing with the surface of the ponds and plants in the tracks. If you look closely you may even be able to read the cover of the supermodel book or cereal box as you drive over it. The graphics are smooth and colorful, keeping up and improving the quality of which past Micro Machine games had in graphic eye candy.

Music and Sound: 7.3 out of 10

The sounds and music unfortunately didn't contribute to the experience of the game. The sounds were done very good with the engine sounds, squealing tires and even the dog barking or whimpering when you hit him. The music was redundant though, fun at first but quickly made you hit the mute button on your remote. Especially when you were playing multi player and one of you got a full screen ahead. That annoying winning music(?) sped up the decision to play a tape or CD for alternate music. I was impressed by the sounds but not the music overall.

Game Challenge: 8.8 out of 10

When you are in a race and all of a sudden the track disappears and you have to find the other end of the track, thats when you realize that this is not any normal racing game(if the small cars on table tops didn't clue you in yet). The challenge is there, with memorizing the tracks to avoiding syrup spills while doing sharp turns on heading toward a bun bridging two tables while staying ahead of the other cars and their weapons which will quickly drop you in rank...AND you are having fun at the same time. The frustration is simply not there till the later tracks and harder difficulty levels. Although the later tracks do get slightly ridiculous in difficulty overall the challenge is kept just right.

Game Play-Fun: 9.0 out of 10

It is fun. There is hardly any gripes about the fun factor in this game, racing over tables, flying through science tubes and turning into a speeding fireball or ramping off the familys ironing board. The only complaint that lowers the fun is the multi player format. It is an innovative idea for multi player, but it should have been made as an option. After all, it is a lot of fun to try to get one screen ahead of your opponent, but sometimes you want to play with a split screen just like the old Mario Kart days and race. Plus the annoying sound of victory for getting one screen ahead doesn't help it any either. But with the multitude of tracks, and the option to trade or bet vehicles, this game is one that will keep your attention for some time.

Replayability: 8.2 out of 10

You will have fun beating the game, getting the secret vehicles, and set all the time records. After that, the replay starts decreasing. The one thing that would have given it more life is the multi player, but lets not get back into that! After a couple of weeks playing, trading, and beting vehicles, this was put up on the shelf in favor for another game.

Game Value: 8.1 out of 10

The game is worth getting, just not at the $39.99 price. I would reccomend getting it used. Though it is fun, if you get tired of racing games fast, or don't have lots of friends to play this with, then this game will be collecting dust faster. And thats not worth the money they ask for this game.

Overall: 8.7 out of 10

If you like racing games, unusual games, or just want one for that will provide hours of fun, then this is definitely a game to get. If you remember the previous Micro Machine games and are unsure if this will be as good, worry no more because it surpasses the other games hands down. Just be ready to look at your own house in a completely different way once you've played this game!!

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