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Rad Racer NES Review by KaptainKlassic
Do you like racing games? You know, the classic ones that made racing games possible? Well then, Rad Racer, is one rad racing game that you will love!
Rad Racer was released in 1987 on the NES by Square Software and was originally released in Japan on the Family Computer with the title Highway Star. Rad Racer is a better name for this classic, so let’s leave it as that for this review.
You may be wondering how the gameplay could possibly differ from other racing games since most are very similar. Well Rad Racer was rad for one. You had awesome features in this game such as choosing between a Ferrari and an F1 racing machine. You also had the choice to play this game in a 3rd dimension, known as 3-D! This feature was probably added to keep everyone away from the Virtual Boy (even though the Virtual Boy was released after). The real reason why they added this feature was because Square Software was in financial trouble at the time, and the unique 3-D feature helped them get a little better known. Rad Racer wasn’t the only game Square made with 3-D. They also created a game called 3-D World Runner, which as you can see in the title, shares the same feature.
The gameplay of Rad Racer is very entertaining and addicting. Driving in a video game may not sound fun for some people, but even those people would have a blast playing this game. The goal is to reach the checkpoints in each level in order to get more time to be able to make it to the end of the track/level. Yes, you have a time limit! But that only makes the game more of blast because it keeps you focused. It’s one of those games where if you have something important that you can’t procrastinate on doing any longer, you will be procrastinating until you finish the game. So if you happen to run out of time in this game, your car will start coasting and you can no longer accelerate. If you happen to reach a checkpoint before your car comes to a complete stop even if the time ran out, the game will keep going and you will receive more time to be able to reach the next checkpoint.
It may sound easy, but this game is no walk in the park. The trees, road signs, rocks, or even other drivers will obstruct you in every way possible to reach your destination. The other drivers will swerve into you, making you steer off the road and hit an obstacle. When this happens, your car will start flipping in midair and it will make it harder for you to reach the next checkpoint because the timer won’t stop. However, there is one little trick to getting around the wasted time. If you hit a tree or other obstacle and crash, you can pause and unpause the game repeatedly, while your car gets back on track. That will save you valuable seconds.
Want to know some other awesome features about the game? Your car has a max speed of 255 km/h and on top of that, turbo! The turbo is another great feature that will help you reach the checkpoints. Watch out though! Using turbo may be a useful advantage, but it will also make it easier for you to crash when you come into contact with other cars or sharp turns.
Oh, and let’s forget that you can also change the radio station! You have three songs to choose from, three 8-bit video game jams. But just in case you do get tired of the music, you can also turn it off at any time.
Let’s talk about the level layouts. The scenery in this game isn’t the most creative thing you’ve ever seen, but some of the levels can be very appealing. There are eight levels in this game. Each level has a different background scene. There’s some that are in the desert, at night on a highway, in the mountains, or in the snow.
If you happen to run out of time in this game without reaching a checkpoint, you get a game over, followed by a screen that has a map of the level, showing you how much progress you’ve made and how far away you were from the next checkpoint. It is useful knowing at what point of the level you’ve been to and how much more time you would need to cross the finish line.
The other drivers in this game are the worst. They will purposely get right in front of you and slow down to try to make you run out of time. (Mid30s Gamer: This is exactly what happens to me on San Diego’s freeways on a daily basis!) It’s either that, or they will side swipe you. Either one of these things are not going to help you at all, so my advice would be to use your turbo as you approach the other drivers and then let off the gas a little once your next to them; then, floor it! This little trick will also help you around sharp turns. Drifting is also very fun and convenient for these situations if you don’t want to slow down. Just press the brake at the same time as your holding down the gas, and then turn with the road to get a little drift action going.
This game was very successful and made an impact on other racing games that we know and love today. You will come across very similar games to Rad Racer all the time like, such as Crazy Taxi (Mid30s Gamer: Review of the Android port of this game is incoming). Even though these games show many similarities to Rad Racer, none can hold a candle to the original retro goodness of the NES game.
Rad Racer is totally rad guys, so be sure to check it out as soon as you can! Just clear your schedule for the next few days first, that way you don’t get fired from your job because like I said, it’s addicting.
Now that you read about it, how about checking out my video review: Rad Racer Video Review