Hot Wheels Turbo Racing - N64

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Also for: PlayStation
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Racing: Car
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Stormfront Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB)
Released: 5 Nov 1999 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Rumble Pack, Controller Pak


Hot Wheels never used to be like this. In the early 1970's, Hot Wheels meant matchbook-sized die-cast models of exotic supercars and lurid orange snap-together plastic track. In order to take up less room in the toy cupboard, the brand makes its appearance on console, parents the world over breathe a sigh of relief, and a whole generation of adult men get ready to re-live their childhoods. And this time around, there's every chance of the stunts you attempt being successful.

Hot Wheels Turbo Racing is host to lots of brilliantly coloured, gravity defying tracks, with loops, ramps, short cuts and power-ups all prominent features. There are opportunities galore to perform nausea-inducing stunts too. It's not just about reaching the finishing line before everyone else. Bonus points and power-ups can be earned for the most outrageous performances and the player displaying the whitest knuckles. In addition to stunts, you also are credited for the airtime you get on a jump. The better the hang time, the more Turbo Boosts you get. Stunts can also be chained together in combinations. For example, perform a 360-degree spin in one direction, then immediately perform a second in the opposite direction to complete a Wac Nac, and your points haul will be huge.

There's not a lot of variation in Hot Wheels Turbo Racing's three available modes, but with its loud appearance and even louder soundtrack music (Metallica and Meat Beat Manifesto among others), it's good for a quick thrash in all senses of the word. Recommended if you're into the likes of Rollcage, WipeOut and Motorhead.