"Afun filled 3D racer that pays homage to the overhead racers of the 1980's!"
The late1980's and early 1990's were the years when everything had to be tiny and thegaming world was first introduced to Micromachines. The Micromachines seriesfeatured small matchbox style cars racing around familiar environments such askitchen sinks, dining room tables or gardens and helped set it apart from theplethora of racing games of that era.
Micromachinesis the latest incarnation of the series to hit the PlayStation 2 and wasdeveloped by Sheffield House under Infogrames. As the old saying goes "ifit ain't broke, don't fix it" and that's what the current incarnation ofMicromachines offers gamers. There are dozens of highly detailed playingenvironments with an awesome variety of tracks to ensure that gamers don'tbecome too bored with the title. Apart from the lavishly designed tracks,Micromachines offers gamers a variety of different gameplay modes and allowsplayers to play one of eight different characters.
The beauty ofMicromachines is that every player is unique and has their own personality.There are dozens of different vehicles in the game that all feature their ownspecial abilites such as better handling or more powerful engines. Gamers caneither play against the computer opponents or challenge four of their friendsfor some high speed racing action.
The basicpremise of Micromachines is a racing game that is set in the world of miniaturecars and the main objective of the game is to win the race by anyway you can and thatalso means to sabotage other racers. The interface of Micromachines is anoverhead view that shows the tops of the cars but unfortunately this can becomea little tricky when trying to steer on unfamiliar courses. The controls of thegame are extremely sensitive and one wrong move with the analog control stick,you may find yourself in a spin or crashed into a wall. It will take at least agood hour until you have mastered the control system because of how sensitivethe controls are.
It should benoted that Micromachines isn't your standard racing game as it involves avariety of different weapons and powerups that are littered across the racingfield. The most useful item in the game is the turbo powerup that gives yourminiature car a turbo boost that will leave your opponents eating yourdust.
Graphically,Micromachines is an extremely good looking game and the developers have done anextraordinary job on the attention to detail.