Michael Andretti's Indy Car Challenge (Nintendo SNES, 1994)
|Michael Andretti's Indy Car Challenge puts players on the track in some of the world's fastest racing machines. The game features 16 different tracks and uses the famous race driver's license to actually include a racing advice feature. After you finish a race, you can relive the excitement of your accomplishment (or failure) by watching the race from three different camera angles. Brought to life with Mode-7 3D graphics, you can put your skils to the test against the fierce computer AI or a friend in a two-player split-screen mode. Released in the US and Japan under the same title (well okay, the Japanese left out the apostrophe "s").
The game features Champ Car (now called IndyCar) action. There are many modes of play including single race, season mode, and the option to disable the sound and/or music. The season mode consists of 16 tracks. One or two players can join in on the action.
Prior to each race, the player is given the option to adjust tire pressure, down force, and gear ratio. Higher tire pressure reduces grip on the road but increases acceleration and top speed. Higher down force does the reverse. Higher gear ratio increases top speed but reduces acceleration.
Each track features its own hints in a section called "Michael's Advice". The game is roughly based on the 1994 CART World Series season and the viewpoint is from a third-person perspective.
In their review, GamePro described the game as solidly designed, with an excellent sensation of speed, meticulous recreation of real life racing tracks, and an impressive replay feature with multiple camera views. However, they opined that the inability to make other cars crash leaves the game devoid of drama. The two sports reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it scores of 91% and 82%, praising the graphics, sounds, and playability.
|Game||Michael Andretti's Indy Car Challenge|
|Platform||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1|
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