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Commodore64

Wacky Races

Wacky Races
GenreArcade Racing
DeveloperPAL Developments
PublisherHi-Tec Software
Released1992
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:7.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
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
The game on the Commodore home computers features colorful graphics and smooth sprites animation. But note that although the sprites move smoother on the C64, the CPC version features 3 levels of parallax scrolling. The game's sound is better compared to the CPC as it features a nice intro tune and some good sound effects in-game, particularly the car engine.
 
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Amstrad CPC
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Hardware information

Commodore 64/128/Plus4

Commodore 64/128/Plus4CPU: C64 MOS Technology 6510 1.02MHz (NTSC version), 0.985MHz (PAL version) / C128-D MOS 8502 2MHz, Zilog Z80A 4MHz
MEMORY: 64 KB or 128 KB RAM Expandable to 320-640 KB / 20KB ROM
GRAPHICS: VIC II 16 colors, 320x200 (2 unique colors in each 8x8 pixel block), 160x200 (3 unique colors + 1 common color in each 4x8 block), 8 hardware sprites, Smooth scrolling
SOUND: MOS Technology 6581/8580 SID, 3-channel synthesizer with programmable ADSR envelope, 8 octaves
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The Commodore 64/128/Plus4 (default) color palette
VIC20: 16-colors YPbPr palette (16 on screen)
C64/128: 16-colors YPbPr palette (16 on screen)
C-16,Plus/4: 121-colors YPbPr palette (16 on screen)
 
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