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Reviewed: MindRover
Author: Rob Baumstark       Date: October 31st, 2000
Page: 3


This game fits in a category out all on itís own. With a few friends around so that your opponentís logic can continue to develop as your own does, itís easy to spend hours on end tweaking your logic and trying to hold the top spot. There are a good variety of game types to play, ranging from simple deathmatch, to new and unique things like Hover-Sumo and hot-potato. The graphics arenít the most life-like Iíve ever seen, but they do a good job of portraying the match, and Iím glad they put the effort into the rover-development interface instead of the graphics engine. The biggest problem I had with it was having to download a patch from Cognitoyís website before it would run under Win2K.


In single-player mode itís just a matter of time till you tweak your rover enough to come out on top, and then itís over, there are no difficulty settings. But building rovers is fun, and with a friend to compete against, youíve got an unlimited supply of logic to compete against. There are also a lot of rovers you can download off the net to try and beat if none of your friends can beat you.


It doesnít look as good as Quake3, but the graphics are such a small part of this game that it really doesnít matter. The one area that could really be improved is the rover explosions, which seem to be the only 2D elements in the world.


Thereís not much for sound in MindRover. A few effects while the match is in progress, but you spend most of your time in the wiring screen. Again itís not the best soundtrack on the planet, but it doesnít need a soundtrack either. Just let WinAmp run in the background while you build if you want some music.


Itís lots of fun, and quite addictive Ė thereís always just one more little thing you want your rover to do to keep you on top.


Thereís a small learning curve while you figure out what all the things are, but once youíve got that down youíre set. Anyone can program a rover here, no previous programming experience required.


Cognitoy has a game that fits out all on itís own with this one. Itís fun to play, and there are endless opponents to play against if you download some rovers off the net. There are a couple small things that could be improved, but this game is definitely the best of its type on the market, and I have to recommend it to anyone who wants a good thinking game.

That one was close. After-effects of a rocket in the front grill. I can't take much more of this.

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