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AmstradCPC

Wacky Races

Wacky Races
GenreArcade Racing
DeveloperPAL Developments
PublisherHi-Tec Software
Released1992
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:4.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
Wacky Races is based on an animated television kids series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The game is an arcade racing and it's available on the Amiga, the Amstrad CPC, the Atari ST, the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum home computers.
 
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Wacky RacesSTORY / GAMEPLAY
Wacky Races has 4 different racing stages and one extra stage in which you just control the fellow dog and must collect items within the time limit. All of the races are fun to play although a bit difficult as you progress and sometimes a bit frustrating. The game plays more like an arcade platform than a racing game reminding us of Zool or even Robocod, but overall, the gameplay is quite amusing! Your main goal is to complete each racing course finishing at a particular position, while your car (or whatever that is) is armed with a forward-shooting arrow that can impale the opposition cars and any obstacles found on your way (like boulders, rabbits and more).

GRAPHICS / SOUND
Wacky Races features colorful graphics and smooth sprite animation on the Amstrad CPC. There are also 3 levels of parallax scrolling that work pretty smooth and impressive for the CPC hardware! In order to achieve such beautiful graphics, the team behind it had to sacrifice the sound as it includes only a few simplistic sound effects and that's all!
 
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Amstrad CPC
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Hardware information

Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128

Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128CPU: ZiLOG Z80 4MHZ
MEMORY: 64 KB or 128 KB of RAM depending on the model (capable of being expanded to 512k using memory extension boards)
GRAPHICS: Motorola 6845 address generator, Mode 0: 160x200 / 16 colors, Mode 1: 320x200 / 4 colors, Mode 2: 640x200 / 2 colors, A colour palette of 27 colors was supported
SOUND: The CPC used the General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip, providing 3 channels Mono Sound (via internal speaker) but capable to offer Stereo Sound provided through a 3.5 mm headphones jack (with pretty impressive outcome!). Also, it is possible to play back digital sound samples at a resolution of approximately 5bit. This technique is very processor-intensive though.
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The Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128 (default) color palette
RGB 27-colors palette (16 on screen)
 
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