Wreckin Crew

Copyright: © 1997 Telstar
Genre: Sports

Sports
Wreckin' Crew
Wreckin' Crew is a decent PC conversion of an underrated PlayStation game
of the same name, which was a result of 2-year intensive work by Telstar
to make a better cartoon racer than Mario Karts. To a certain extent,
their efforts paid off: there are far more gameplay features and options
here than any other "kart" game I have seen, although the user interface
and car handling leaves a lot to be desired. Similar to other "cartoon
racers" such as BC Racers, Wreckin' Crew is a tongue-in-cheek racing game
that puts more emphasis on wacky gameplay than realism. Pick a hot-rod
and driver of your choice, then it's off to blast your opponents off the
tracks using a wide range of crazy weapons including body bags, lighting
bolts, and even live chicken. Each of the 10 characters you can choose
from looks weird, and acts even weirder. You can select a pair of Siamese
twins called Cain and Able, the genetically created creature called
"I.Q," an old woman, a circus trainer, an obligatory brat, and many more.
Better yet, in "Hot Rod" mode, each cahracter comes equipped with 3
special weapons. The tracks (10 total in the game) are equally crazy,
with many secret short-cuts, magic teleporters, and dozen of different
power-up types you can pick up along the way. The game is more difficult
than Mario Karts because the rival racers get better over time, as you
win races. You will soon notice the opponents starting to use short-cuts
and teleporters. Unfortunately, I find the controls in this PC version
fidgety and too sensitive, meaning each car is very hard to control. With
10 tracks, 10 racers, and a huge variety of weapons and vehicles,
Wreckin' Crew gives great value for money. Once you have completed all
standard game modes, you can unlock a cool "Mirror" mode that lets you
play all of the tracks in reverse. There are also many secret characters
and tracks that can only be unlocked by progressing through the various
game modes. Too bad this astounding array of features is not matched by
solid car handling - it just feels too unwieldy for me even after hours
of trying. Expert racers will probably have a great time with this
obscure game, but the rest of us casual drivers may have to look
elsewhere.
 

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