Micro Machines is a racing game developed by Codemasters and released for the PC in 1994. The game is set in a miniature world where players control tiny vehicles and compete in races on a variety of tracks, ranging from kitchen tables and garden pools to office desks and toy box mazes.
You can choose between several characters and two racing modes: regular racing (“Challenge”) & head-to-head mode. Regular racing sees you trying to reach the finish line first against three other competitors. Head-to-head is more interesting however: here you can race against one other person (preferably a friend) where the goal is to drive one screen-length away from your opponent to gain a point. You lose a point if your opponent achieves the same. The player who loses all points loses.
The tracks consist of a handful of themes (kitchen table, pool table, sand box, work table, bath tub & desk) with each theme offering suitable obstacles ranging from ink patches to rubber duckies. This is a large part of the game’s total appeal. That and ramming your friend off the table while taking a corner.
- Micro Machines is based on the Hot Wheels toy line of the time which were smaller than the regular Hot Wheels.
- The game was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The DOS version, however, is almost a straight port of the SNES version. This also means that the graphics look a bit more dated, using far less colours than VGA was capable of.
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