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Reviewed: Beetle Buggin'
Author: Chris Kim       Date: April 18th 2000
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

Solid fun and a big joy to play, the game will especially appeal to the younger gamers who enjoy a quick and fast paced racing game without any of the hardcore simulation features. The various gameplay modes and styles to play will keep most gamers occupied, but the game tends to get a bit old a little too fast. All the racing modes are fun, minus the jump and monster truck competitions, which get old really fast.

Graphics:

Stands up very well with the rest of the competition. While it won't make any other racers like Need for Speed shake in its boots, the graphics are very clean and detailed, the correct formula for a great looking game. All the models are detailed and have fairly high polygon counts to keep them looking great. Nothing but the best textures and animations are used which amount to great graphics.

Sound and Music:

Nothing terribly special about the sound effects as most of them are often heard in other racing games, but the musical soundtrack is excellent with a lot of great sounding 60's style music that will captivate the hearts and minds of many of the younger gamers. It might even set off some sparks with gamers who lived during the time period and really loved that style of music.

Multiplayer:

Nothing special or unique is offered in the multiplayer game that isn't already found in the single player portion of the game. Only thing that really is special is the inclusion of the split-screen mode, which isn't too commonly found with other racing games.

AI and Difficulty:

Great racing mechanics and styles for the computer opponents that get increasingly difficult as the game progresses from the early stages in the game. Opponents have unique strategies like cutting off and ramming the player into various obstacles that really shift the balance of play.

Controls and Interface:

Pretty much typical stuff for controls with usable input devices and manageable cars. Only thing is the interface is extremely intuitive and has many shortcuts and hotkeys to make the game much more accessible to most common gamers that don't know a whole lot about games and where to go.

Overall:

Good racing game built for players who aren't into the hardcore simulation genre. The excellent combination of smooth flowing gameplay, graphics, and sound make for an excellent casual gamer racing game that should be enjoyable. The only problem is that gamers might find themselves going through the game a bit fast.

Pluses (+)
  • Fun for Casual Gamers
  • Pretty Graphics
  • Fun and Creative Music
  • Minuses (-)
  • Can Get Boring Quick
  • Monster Truck and Jump Competitions are Dumb
  • Mediocre Sound Effects
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    Added:  Tuesday, April 18, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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