I'm sure I must have seen an episode of the cartoon this is based on at some point, but I remember next to nothing about it. And anything I do remember probably actually came from that Avenger Penguins cartoon. But I'm sure all the crucial info I need to know is included in the game's title.
This is what you get when you reach the player select screen on the US version, but the European version I'm playing has a few subtle changes. I'll try to point them all out to you on the next screen.
2. Vinnie is waving a Snickers bar around on his portrait.
3. Every single other character is holding a Snickers bar in their portrait too.
Okay maybe the changes weren't so subtle. It looked to me at first like they'd just edited the chocolate bars into their hands afterwards, but nope they've actually drawn entirely new portraits for everyone.
I think I'll go with Vinnie, as I like his Scooby Doo neckerchief and how his assessment of his ability is immediately proven wrong by the stats underneath. Actually I just want his bike, it looks like he stole it straight from Akira.
I hope some of the money raised by this obviously organised racing tournament is going back into fixing these streets, because damn this place is a mess. It's a pretty mess though; these graphics are awesome.
One of the other racers just changed my mouse and bike together into one slow... headless chicken... thing. I'm sure there has to be some kind of rule against this. When I turn back (if I turn back) I'm going to have to see what kind of weapons and power ups I've got available myself.
This screen isn't even in the US version of the game, it exists purely to sell Snickers bars. You know, Snickers are actually a clever choice of product to be linked to the game seeing as they're from the Mars corporation, but they never comment on it.
ROUND 1, RACE 2.
Oh and yeah, every corner is always 90 degrees. Except the ones that are 180.
Also crossing the line gives me a random special power to use each lap, such as time stop, or invulnerability. What I get seems to be based on how well I'm doing though, as when I'm in the lead all it ever gives me is a pitiful bag of cash.
ROUND 1, RACE 3.
Yeah yeah, I know, this race is probably televised.
I don't like them.
Basically, don't come in the bottom three in this race, it won't work out for you.
ROUND 2, RACE 5.
Alright I'm in third place in the last race of the round, if I don't do something drastic here I could end up disqualified myself, and I'm guessing it'll be a lot more permanent for me. Time for... SNICKERS™ POWER. Eating a Snickers bar gives you a burst of speed and makes you invulnerable to damage. (In the game, not in real life.) In fact, it also lets you ram enemies off the track, and makes you smarter and more attractive to the opposite sex. Shame it only lasts a few seconds.
The Snickers bar is actually a standard video game power up star in the US version in case you were wondering.
ROUND 3, RACE 3.
Who the hell puts a giant spiky wall in a sewer though, really? Yeah, I know, same people that put up the billboards...
ROUND 3, RACE 5.
ROUND 5, RACE 3.
I think I'm just used to racing games being split up into individual races or small tournaments, but this is just one long unbroken run of every track in the game in a row. I suppose that's one of the reasons there's a password every five races.
There's three game modes on the title screen: 'Main Race', 'Battle Race', and 'Practice'. I tried a regular race last time, so I decided to give Battle Race a go. It seems the main difference with this mode is that when you lose all your hitpoints, this time they don't give your bike back and it's game over.
I'm honestly struggling to find things to complain about in Biker Mice From Mars. In fact I'm struggling to think of an single isometric racing game that I can say is better than it, though to be fair it's not exactly my favourite genre. The graphics are excellent, the rock soundtrack sounds great, the control is precise, the gameplay is slick, and despite the random power ups having a big influence over who wins a race, it's still mostly a test of skill.
Well I suppose you could argue that any game that I'm able to complete on my first try without continues is clearly not that much of a test of skill, but I was only playing on the normal difficulty. Plus it does have a two player mode. Anyway, it kept me playing to the end, so it gets a shiny gold star.
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