STORY / GAMEPLAY
Strap yourself into the cockpit and get ready for F1 racing action in 16 different circuits to challenge the best drivers. Blaze through the field at the straights and take the checkered flag! Before racing there is a practice mode that lets you test the tracks and your car. During practicing a nice touch is a tip, supposedly from Ayrton himself, that helps your prepare and race on the selected track. Take a few practice laps on any of the 16 most demanding race courses of the world and then take on the top drivers of the championship circuit! The game has the option to change you car settings allowing you to adjust depending on each track. Before you start racing you have to qualify. Due to the Game Gear's small screen this version does not offer a dashboard view, rather a view from behind the formula. The game's map takes up half of the screen. During racing other cars will try to overtake you and sometimes crash you. Crashing will cause position loss and while trying to start and gain some speed again, the other opponents will overtake you easily. The controls are quite awkward (but responsive) since there is no accelerating or decelerating buttons. Your car accelerates by itself (!) and all you have to do is to steer and shift gears (!), a fact that makes the game very hard! Super MOnaco GP II supports a two-players racing mode via Game Gear cable link!
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The graphics are smooth and bright. The tracks are simplistically designed and the cars look nice. Note that the game does not have a dashboard view, rather than a basic view from behind. The game's sound is the usual racing game affair but after a while it can make your ears hurt.