The main aim of the game is to get your character up through the league ratings until he achieves the top rank. Only the most skillful of drivers will achieve this, but those who manage it will be in for the race of a lifetime! The harder the race is, the better the prize you receive. At the start of the game you are given a certain amount of cash so that you can pay to enter each race (20 in total). You will race through settings in the snow, across dusty sand tracks, through muddy roads, around city tracks and finally on high speed racing circuits. Prior to any race you need to qualify and aim for a better position on the grid in three time laps. Believe me, it's hard to get a good position, and if so, then it's still difficult to win the actual race! Well the good thing I guess is that, qualifying is good here in order to become accustomed to the track and to where the bends are. Various items can be picked up around the circuits which significantly enhance your vehicle, such as handling (depicted with a steering wheel), extra speed, cash, repair and fuel pads. Of course there are various hazards such as oil (which will spin your car and loose speed) and others. Vehicles vary from 4x4's, Buggies, Supersports and Grand Prix cars. Each car is completely different, both in handling and max speed and acceleration. You should always check your fuel gauge also, as on later tracks you will not have enough fuel to go the complete race distance and it is vital to watch out for fuel power-ups or it will be game over!
Ok, controls are sometime over-responsive and awkward indeed! It seems to be impossible to even do a simple thing like straighten up your car, but once you're spent ten or so minutes practicing on one of the tracks, things will begin to come naturally. In general, Overdrive is a fun game to play as long as you master its controls, offering some fast action, variation and excitement. Horrendous disk accessing is probably the only flaw here (this is a 3 disks games, which requires several times to swap disks before racing!) but I can live with that.
The graphics are great offering (in particular) bright colors and smooth designs of the tracks, but nothing to become overexcited about. Sprites (cars) move fast and smooth and screen scrolling is particularly fluid.
Music tracks are really pleasant and well composed! There are several quality music scores during race selection, loading screens, end of race score and even a little tune when you lose a credit! SFX are plenty too, offering sampled engine sounds, breaking sounds as well as quality arcade style speech as you run over the turbo pads or spin out on the oil!