This driving game is entertaining and easily approachable, but a somewhat nerve wrecking driving experience. That would be my description of Stunt car driver in a nutshell.
Game is divided to four divisions. Each division has two rival drivers who you race against for promotion to higher and more challenging divisions. The amount of tracks is not very numerous, for there are only two tracks for each division. This is particularly problematic since the tracks have to be driven several times before the winner of the season is declared. This very quickly becomes monotonous. Initial tracks are quite easy, while in higher divisions the tracks become a lot more challenging. Luckily you are allowed to practice races as many times as you like before starting a season.
As if the tracks aren't challenging enough already, you must also keep you car in one piece as it takes damage from high falls, crashing opponents and similar abuse. Sometimes the car seems to take damage from, well, merely bumps. Enemy drivers don’t seem to make many mistakes. They are quite slow at the beginning, but become a lot faster as the end of the first division nears its completion.
If you don’t care much for textured graphics, stunt car driver is your choice. Tracks consist of only three colours: ground, sky and black lines on the track (that give you a little hint in which direction you are driving). Lack of texture or surface can sometimes confuse you when determining where you are about to land after a high jump or how you found yourself in the air in the first place. This problem becomes even more apparent in later races that are very complicated and difficult to drive. But considering the available computer resources in that time period, this is forgivable problem.
Sounds are not very complicated either: what you get is the car engine sound and a beep that indicates that car is taking damage. The sound of the car engine can be somewhat hypnotic.
While it is unfair to compare this game to later racing games, it must be said that subsequent games did it better. Once you complete Stunt Car Racer, there is nearly no replay value left. Short list of races is the biggest shortcoming, while the simplicity and lack of variation only add to the problem.
Nonetheless, the game is entertaining and I like to return to it every now and then. It’s just that these very small problems make it shrink in company of colossal racing games, such as Stunts.
Stunt car driver is a good choice for fan of old racing and definitely worth trying out!
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