Roadsters - N64

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Also for: PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Racing: Car
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Titus Soft. Co.: Titus
Publishers: VIE (GB)
Released: 17 Dec 1999 (GB)
Ratings: 3+, ESRB Everyone
Accessories: Rumble Pack, Controller Pak


The Roadsters Trophy is a championship that contains three divisions, each associated with progressively powerful cars. Starting in the third division, you must firstly select a driver, and then one of the hot little convertibles to race in. Roadsters has carved itself a niche in that it's the only motor racing/gambling title around at the moment. Okay, it's stretching the point a little to call it gambling, but you do take money from fellow racers by finishing before them. Odds on that you'd call it gambling too. Progression to successive divisions is dependent on your performance in the preceding one. If you have won enough money to enter the next season and upgrade your car, fine. If not, then you'll have to start all over again.

The desirable rag-tops on offer in Roadsters include the Lotus Elise and Fiat Barchetta. The drivers are clearly the kind of people whose parents’ gene pool was well maintained, and there are some exotically imaginative courses to race around, such as a ski resort and southern states oil fields.

It’s not exactly what you could call a simulation, but Roadsters does prove itself to be a bit of a handful – much like the real cars themselves, no doubt. Overall, it’s a driving title worth taking a closer look at if your only console is an N64 because you’d be hard pressed to find another game to rival it on this particular machine.