Last week, we reviewed a futuristic sports game and today we’re going to review a futuristic racing game. Yup, you can’t tell me I don’t have a lot of variety in my reviews! Anyway, today’s subject is Space Racer.
One of the most famous developer studios from the late 80s and early 90s was The Bitmap Brothers. If you had a Commodore Amiga, you know what I’m talking about. The Bitmap Brothers is one of those studios that started small but valued quality over quantity which resulted in fantastic games and a rockstar fame among video game companies. Perhaps one day I’ll write a retrospective about them. But today, we’re going to take a look at one of their earliest games: Speedball.
Looking back at all the reviews I’ve made, I realized I haven’t reviewed a proper racing game yet. Yes, I’ve reviewed Test Drive, but that’s actually racing against the clock, what I mean is proper sports racing. And I think it’s about time I review the 1st Formula 1 game I ever played on the PC: Grand Prix Circuit.
Like I said before in my Emilio Butragueño ¡Futbol! review, I’m a casual football fan that prefers watching national teams over clubs and there’s no bigger international competition than the FIFA World Cup, currently ongoing in Russia (just don’t ask me what the hell happened with Germany because I also have no idea).
Does anyone here knows what day is today? Yes, I know it’s Thursday, November 16th and also Tolerance Day in the US, but it’s also Retro Freak Reviews’ 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, BABY! Cue the balloons and the confetti! Well, this is a written article in a blog, but imagine me writing this surrounded by balloons and confetti, wearing a party hat. Perhaps. Likely.
Anyway, to celebrate this magnanimous occasion, I decided to honour my first review, but then I couldn’t find any game similar to Alley Cat, so then I decided to honour my second review, California Games by reviewing its sequel, California Games II.
Regardless of my Portuguese nationality, I love football (soccer to ya, bloody Yankees!) And of course, I was over-enjoyed when Portugal won the European Cup last year!
I also like football videogames (although I do struggle with modern titles) and my introduction to the genre was with a Spanish football computer game, Emilio Butragueño ¡Fútbol!
When designing a game heavily based in a classic title and it doesn’t have its own proper identity, it runs the risk of being considered a clone or a rip-off. Today, we’ll take a look at one such game and decide if it’s a rip-off or not. I’m talking about Low Blow.