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Written by Lorenzo

April 30, 2002

Comments

6 drivers. 20 tracks. Bikes that can reach 330 km/h. This isn' t Moto GP or Superbike, this is No Second Prize, one of Thalion' s latest ST productions. And one of the best, too...


Graphics

Well, you' ve seen the screenshots, and maybe you' ve all been wondering what' s so special about it... I mean, there' s the track, the grass, a few obstacles and objects scattered here and there, and the bikes are only made up of a few ugly polygons... yep, alright, but you gotta see the scrolling ! It' s incredibly fast and as smooth as silk, and the fps rate never slows down, even when there are many drivers on the screen... wonderful !!!


Sound


Ok, so there' s nothing particularly fancy, only standard chipset music and FX. But the word "standard" doesn' t apply to the YM soundchip when the musician is Big Alec, one of the best composers in the demo scene... NSP features a nice menu soundtrack and a great intro tune. Only average FX though (too bad...)


Gameplay

You can choose between 6 drivers, each one with his highs and lows; Ray, for example, has excellent acceleration, top speed, a sturdy bike and incredibly high physical resistance, but curves awfully; Michelle is an average driver with a low resistance, but nobody curves like her; Fabrizio and Rainer are good all - rounders with no weak points, and so on...


This is, definitely, an arcade game, so don' t expect a realistic simulation; you can brake in curves without losing grip (now TRY doing that with a vespa...) and reach an obscene top speed. Some tracks are filled with obstacles, and there are lots of slow bikes in the circuit, that don' t take part in the actual race and seem to be on the track only to slow you down...


Controls are quite easy and comfortable; as in, let' s say, Hard Drivin', you control your bike using the mouse; right button for gas, left for brakes. You can set mouse sensitivity and choose between manual and automatic gearbox. Same as Hard Drivin', as I said, but thankfully this time the response to your controls are very fast, and so you won' t find your bike steering seconds after moving the mouse (a very frequent problem with HD..).


This game may not be realistic and original, but the result is terribly fun, thanks to a wonderful scrolling and a well calibrated difficulty, never too easy, never frustrating. Think of it as a very improved Super Hang-on...


Conclusion

Fast, furious, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. 20 tracks, some short and easy, some long, tortuous and filled with obstacles and hazards, are more than enough to keep anyone glued to the monitor for many hours. One of the best arcade driving games ever seen on the ST... highly recommended !






Score
  • Graphics: 7
  • Sound: 7
  • Gameplay: 9
  • Overall: 8

Review Comments

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Son Shu Shi

March 21, 2021 by ST Graveyard

What an accomplishment this game is. Created with such a small team, the result is really amazing. The game oozes creative passion. While the gameplay is really well balanced, it is a tough cookie, very hard from time to time with its moments of sheer frustration. As of level 3, timing becomes key. You will need to practice and learn the levels to complete this game, there are so many bad guys on screen it sometimes gets a bit hard to take.

Blood Money

April 4, 2020 by Morcar

Graphically, it's also nice on the eyes with well-defined graphics and animation. You really get the feeling that the developers put some thought and love into the game. Remember what I said about the large levels? Well these are wonderful and are very different to each other, they also scroll fairly smooth in all four directions.

Cybernoid - The Fighting Machine

March 28, 2020 by Morcar

When you boot up the game you’re presented with a fantastic loading picture of your ship. It's detailed with bold colours and it tells you This is 16-bit, bitch. Then you get the wonderful rendition of the Cybernoid theme that's on all the 8-bit versions. It's not exact but the changes still make it noticeable to anyone who knows it.

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