Ever since the appearance of Micro Machines, the world of midget car racing has held a special place in the hearts of many gamers. Nostalgic thoughts of late nights, nicotine-like addiction and great multiplayer games instantly spring to mind, and it is these attributes that Re-Volt seems intent on emulating.
The game is set in a world where radio controlled cars have (here's the clever bit) revolted. With minds of their own, they set about racing each other over a series of circuits, which include museums and toyshops.
The first thing that strikes you about the game is the quality of the graphics. Scenery flies past smoothly, clipping is near faultless and lighting effects are impressive. The physics engine is also of a high standard and realistically recreates the movements and abilities of each vehicle.
In all, there are 28 cars and seven different tracks. There are six modes of play to choose from: single race, multiplayer, championship, time trial, practice and stunt arena. The championship mode pits you against seven computer-controlled cars. Once the first championship has been won, the next one is unlocked. Unfortunately, this option suffers from a major flaw. In every race, you must finish in the top three places, otherwise you are forced to re-run the race, totally detracting from the excitement of a championship, where one point for sixth place can count towards your title challenge. The stunt arena is also a disappointment, but it's nice to see the inclusion of a track editor.
The races themselves are a lot of fun. It takes skill and practice to master the four difficulty levels, with varied car handling also adding to the enjoyment. All the circuits are well designed, beautifully drawn and challenging, and each one boasts a host of power ups to aid or hinder you in the race. There are enough options to keep you occupied for a while but, as with Micro Machines, Re-Volt begs to be played in multi-player mode.
Here's the real problem. There's no split screen, for starters, and the LAN and Internet games are no more than adequate, lacking inspiration and originality. It's such a shame, because Re-Volt is a good game, but with better multiplayer and championship modes, it could have been great.
PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode