Scott is our premier graphics
gamer, as you know if you've been
prowling LOADSTAR for the past couple
of years. He's tackled motorcycles,
lava pits and asteroids so far, and
this time he puts you behind the
wheel of a high-tech nitrous-sniffing
drag racer. You'll need a supple
wrist and a quick thumb if you want
the joystick in Port #2 to get you to
the finish line in record time.
At the title screen you can
choose which type of car you want to
race. Just move the joystick right
or left and press the firebutton when
the one you want is on the screen.
There are eight different tracks
to race on as well as a quarter-mile
drag race and a World Series event
that has you racing on class tracks
around the globe. You can choose
whether you want a short race (2
laps), a medium one (4 laps), or a
grueling one (6 laps). All of these
choices are available at the screen
right after the title screen. Just
use the joystick to make your choices.
On the same screen are the best
times for each of the three lap modes.
They start out at 9:99:99 when you
first boot the game so you should
have no trouble getting your score on
the scoreboard with your first race.
Keeping it there is another matter.
So choose a track and press the
button. You'll find yourself in a
spiffy vehicle (one that I wish I'd
been able to use in ROUTE 66) with
feet on the pedals and hands on the
gear shifter and wheel. In this game
you can actually see yourself shift.
The two blue dials are the tachometer
and speedometer. The orange dial is
the nitrous supply. You use it to
give yourself a boost in speed while
accelerating. Once it's gone, it's
gone. You must let off of the
nitrous when you are in the act of
Pressing RUN/STOP-RESTORE will
take you back to the title screen at
any time. There's no way to actually
quit the game. You should reset your
computer or power down.
Driving the car is as you would
LEFT - go left
RIGHT - go right
FORWARD - accelerate
BACK - brake
BUTTON - inject a little nitrous.
In the Drag Race, you're racing
against one other racer, but in the
other events there are many other
cars and they all seem to be
incredibly rude roadhogs. Haven't
they ever heard of "slower traffic
In the World Series mode, you
start out in Brazil and must qualify
in the top three scores to move to
the next track in Spain. I don't
know where the track after that is.
My car broke down during the race and
now I'm stuck in a rat-infested
pension in Barcelona living on stale
taco chips and warm tokay. Maybe I
should have kept some of the nitrous
so I'd at least have that.
Scott has added a lot of realism
to the game. The sound is as
grotesque as any you'll ever hear at
a real racetrack and when you bump
other cars to let you get by, you'll
actually dent up the front of your
car. There's no telling what will
happen when your hood gets too
I'd like to be able to give you a
bunch of racing tips but I've never
owned anything faster than a '68 VW
Squareback. You'll have to learn the
quirks of the car and track yourself.
Scott Elder has done his usual great
programming job and I am looking
forward to his next arcade