The game allows you to either practice, take part of a single race or compete in a championship in which you race circuit in turn. Most of the famous F1 circuits back then are found here, such as San Marino, Monaco, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungar, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. The AI is fine, and the computer controlled drivers all have different driving styles, being hard sometime to overtake during the race. Each car also is handled differently. Gear can be manual or automatic. Fortunately there is no car damage during collision (well his makes the game a more arcade-racing title though). Also, there is no need of refueling, changing tires etc as there are no pit stops here, just the racing and the best position possible. So yes, this rather an arcade racing game, being very playable as the controls are very responsive.
Overtake offers fast graphics and smooth enough scrolling, and along with the responsive controls, it makes this title totally fun to play I think! Each circuit has its own unique design and backgrounds, depicting the actual country being visited. Each screen is filled with more than 120 colors, and the cockpit view is wonderful too.
Both wing mirrors are working in real-time, notifying you of the other car action behind you! The steering wheel is animated defining rolling and turning.
During the races there are enough SFX that does the job well, including engine noises, gear change, collisions sounds and even screeching tires! The hum of your engine ticking over and the howl of the other cars streaking past create the right of atmosphere for the races. Of course there are several main-menu tunes, all being nicely composed.