In the same year as the famous Stunts came to the shelves, another also very good stunt driving game came out, named Stunt Driver. Now I have to say it, I like this game less then the Stunts, there just isn’t the right feel to it, but don’t let that throw you off, as I still like this game very much and it offers features Stunts do not.
First off there’s the simple fact that they managed to pack all of this stuff on less then 2MB of space and now to see what they actually offer on such a small (at least by today’s standards) amount of disk space.
Well, there is the possibility of on-line multiplaying. I mean, how many games offered that back in 1990??? Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to test this feature, but it should work through DOSBox. And I mean there’s really no way to top this feature off, still there are some other things working in the favour of this game.
The graphics can be set from CGA to 256 colours of VGA, with various quality ranges in between. The sounds include some speech which sounds awful through the PC speaker, so make sure you’ve got the Soundblaster configures (you configure the sound within the game option menu – brought forth by pressing escape). There’s a course editor (just like in Stunts), but there are difficulty levels. So unlike with stunts, where you simply chose the opponent (varying in quality), now you have three levels of difficulty. As a rookie the road is all yours, but otherwise you get to pick out competitors and have a real race with them (several laps).
Also these opponents will try to run you off the track while overtaking and you can do the same to them. Too much of bumping and crashing can cause sever damage to the car, but there’s even a way around that. There will be crowds rooting for you, there will be qualifying times and it will feel like a real race! You can even hook up the steering system to your computer and use it (instead of a mouse, joystick or a keyboard), so the game really offers you a lot of options and tries really hard to please, but there’s just that simple element of fun which I seem to be missing and would rather go play Stunts instead, even if they do offer less.
In addition to all this, the game even has a special editorial menu, that allows you to change just about anything, from the level of detail, visibility, tyre grip, right down to the colours of opponents’ cars. In order to start it, type cfged stock.cfg. And this is where you can even change the settings as to what collision might do to your car.
All in all a really good racing game, that offers tons of things you can do to/with it, but somehow that little extra something I’m hoping to get from a racing game isn’t there. I don’t know… I just prefer Stunts, even though this game is certainly worth a try!
In order to run the game (without copy protection) you need to run the file called stunt_k.exe. Otherwise if you can’t answer correctly twice you’ll get an early Christmas present ;)
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