HotWheels Turbo Racing Review
Hot-wheels Turbo Racing (HTR) is a game using the classic metal cast vehicles created by the Hot-wheels company, varying from the well known "Twin-mill" and "Twin-mill II" all the way to the powerful Jet Engine powered "Thunder-Roller" This game possesses many astounding race types as well, Time Trials and championships are available to best yourself against the track and A.I controlled competition with a difficulty ramp that becomes slightly annoying on the final championship.
The cars have their own stats that give each vehicle a different feel when driving and allow the player to try different race-styles depending on the track. This game has another variant available on the PlayStation which has far better graphics, longer music clips and also has a voice which says the name of the vehicle, the N64 variant is a bare-minimum of what it progressed into for the PSX.
Expedition race or standard race: allows you to race in a single map with a car of your choice against opponents that you can change the difficulty of in the options.
Time Trial: think you have what it takes to beat your previous times? Choose your car and give it a whirl in this race against the clock! No competition aside from the time and your own abilities as a driver.
Championship [Cup series]: there are three championships, each with a different difficulty and a longer list of tracks. With each championship you complete, you unlock more tracks. Upon completion of the third, you unlock the Twin-Mill cup.
Twin-mill Cup: you are put up against three other Twin-mills in a 4 car race on some of the most difficult tracks in the game, these competitors are FAR more difficult than the ones in the previous races.
Graphics: 7/10. The graphics occasionally have their glitches such as vehicles fading through the map or flashing objects from too many items on-screen but the game runs solidly compared to the visual effects.
Sound: 6/10. The music is repetitive and also does not complete the entire song! There are many songs which only loop the first portion and make it sound as though it's a skipping record player.
Addictiveness: 10/10. The game has a lot of replay value thanks to the championships and the ability to unlock more cars via hidden passage-ways within each track. Couple that with the reputation that Hot-Wheels had as a company (and still does), and you have one heck of a game to let die.
Story: 0/10. There is no story, no point except to win each race or time-trial and become better than the rest.
Depth: 8/10. The vehicles are depicted very closely to their real-life toy counterparts with stats that are different for every car in the game.
Difficulty: 7/10. Controls are very easy to learn with a controller but on the keyboard it's a bit tougher, there are many times when you need to press more than two buttons (which most computers don't allow), such as taking a sharp corner and hitting the boost right before a jump (a beep of rejection normally happens causing the last button to not respond and end whatever move you were doing, forcing you to press the button again).
Over-all: 8/10. The game is great, but I would highly recommend playing the PlayStation version for a better experience without as many glitches and music that plays through the entire clip before looping.