Remember those mini cars you use to collect as a child? Well, the people who make video games remembers them well.
Hasbro has teamed up with video masters and has just released Micro Machines V4. This latest game comes in platforms for Sony, Playstation 2, Sony Playstation Portable and for the PC. Supersonic Software is the developer and the publisher is Codemasters. The price ranges from $39.99 (PSP), $29.99 (PS2), to $19.99 (PC). The Rating is everyone and the score is 3 stars out of a possible 5.
What makes this game different from any of the other racing games? The cars make it different. You get to race inch long cars (Micro Minis) across some really wacky locations littered with unusual obstacles like splatters of spilled grease that can cause you to slide uncontrollably.
You will have access to hundreds of cars, yet some has to be unlocked first. The cars are divided into various categories such as: muscle cars, stock cars, street races and beach buggies. Each car comes with its on unique handling. A lot of the fun of the game is to collect as many cars as you can, which can be viewed in your garage. You can trade cars with your friends who also own the game or connect the PSP to the Playstation 2 to access even more cars.
As you progress through the game you can even unlock some unique bonus locations that will take you outside the home to such places as: on top of rooftops, through city sewers, inside a supermarket or around a chicken coop on a farm. You can even create, save and share your own tracks.
The races themselves consist of the traditional 3 lap races as well as games like battle race where you earn points by pulling ahead of the pack and checkpoint races where you earn more time once you pass through a checkpoint.
Multiplayer mode includes team race and all against all race where the first player to fill up his or her points bar wins.
As you are racing you have the opportunity to earn power points by driving over them. These power points give you an edge. They look like dice shaped mine bombs and you can drop them behind you on the track or use a flamethrower to roast a driver ahead of you. You can also receive power points that will give you full health, an ammo refill or a temporary boast to your speed.
This has been labeled as one of the better Micro Machine titles yet.
Some critics say the novelty of the game wears out quickly. Other critics do not like the way the camera zooms in and out constantly allowing you to see your car and to keep up with all the other cars on the track. They say the way it zooms in and out does interfere with the player’s vision, especially when you are in the lead.
If you would like to try the game out for yourself before buying you can get a demo copy at www.codemasters.com/micromachines.