Once Upon A Time Everyone In the land of Anorak was very unhappy, because there weren't any Grand Prix management games. But then one day, a shimmering pixie appeared and painted a magic rainbow across the sky.
"Look at that," cried King Parka, pointing through his castle window.
"I wonder what it can be," said his wife. Queen Flak-Jacket, looking bemused. The shimmering pixie materialised before them, hovering in the air. "What you see is my magic rainbow," it said. "If you follow the colours and find the spot where they touch the ground, you will also find a Grand Prix management game." The King thanked the shimmering pixie profusely, and gave it a bag of gold.
Things began to look up... The King and his loyal subjects followed the magic rainbow for three whole days and nights, and on the fourth day they found what they were looking for. "This must be it," announced the King, holding aloft a shiny disc. "It seems to be called MicroProse Grand Prix Manager." (Oh no! - Ed.)
"Will you please make copies for us, sire?" asked a lowly goat-herder.
"Of course I will," replied the kindly monarch, smiling benevolently. Before long everyone in the land owned a copy of MicroProse Grand Prix, yet still they were unhappy.
"It's got its problems though, hasn't it?" moaned the Queen, in the privacy of the royal gaming room.
"Hmmni. I'll see what I can do," the King replied, stroking his long grey beard.
"Your Highness," said Shell-Suit the court jester, "I've had a thought. Maybe we went to the wrong end of the rainbow. Maybe if we..."
Happily ever after?
"I think this might well be a corker," mused the King. "It took a while to get into, but it's all starting to hang together now. I can even design my own car parts in this pseudo cad section!" "Well done darling," said the Queen. "The balance between the boring-ish bits and the actual racey stuff is pretty much on the button," continued the King. "The necessity to battle against the clock ties them together perfectly."
"I know," nodded the Queen, "For me it all comes down to being able to watch the races in real-time, from camera angles of my own choosing. And the pitstop strategy implementation is superb, as is the presentation of the product as a whole."
"Indeed," said the King. "My only real concern is that the bitmapped cars seem to drive 'through' one another, rather than overtake; the programme also hangs quite a lot, and some of the text is in German. Do you think the pixie gave us an unfinished version?" "Possibly," said the Queen. "But it's only a matter of time before it'll be back for more gold, and then we can get the packaged copy!"
The moral of this tale is this: F1 Manager looks really, really fab! If you want to know more (and you'd be wise to), tune in to next month's review.
Download F1 Manager
PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode