Mad Cars (PC)

By Alex May

Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Graphics: 6.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 6.00

In Mad Cars you are able to choose from three game modes: Championship, Multiplayer, and Death Arena. Death Arena and Multiplayer are good for quick playing, while the real meat of the game is the Championship mode. The overall goal of Mad Cars is to win races and then use the money to upgrade your car and enter in more difficult races. However, Mad Cars wouldn’t be very “Mad” without weapons.

In Championship mode, you start out with 4 different courses and an Arena of Death. You race against three other cars and if you finish either first or second you get money. The money you gain can go to three different causes: weapons/armor, car upgrades, or buying a completely new car. There are four different sub groups for the weapons/armor (Weapon Shop.) These four groups each have an upgrade that can be upgraded more than once. The car upgrades can be found at the Garage. There are three upgrades that can be upgraded more than once along with an option to repair your car. The last way to use your money is to buy a better car at the Car Shop. After you have beaten the Arena of Death you can move up a difficulty level where you will find one more map each time you go to a harder difficulty.

The game has very simple controls and it doesn’t take very long at all to get used to them. As well as having easy controls, Mad Cars is very addictive. Whether you are trying to build up money or want to get first place on the course, you can find yourself spending many minutes playing this game. This game is also very deep because you can spend awhile building up your car with the best parts and weapons and then humiliate the competition, or you can rush through the tournaments on the bare necessities.

The graphics are not bad for a shareware game, but they could be better. The game is shown at a bird’s eye view. Some of the designs of the cars are pretty nice though. The music in the game isn’t too shabby. It is the average Nintendo sounding music with a hint of rock. The music blends nicely with the game and doesn’t take away from your concentration or stick out too much.

Overall, this game is worth the money or the download. You choose from three difficulties (easy, medium, and hard) and then get many more different championship levels. This game is packed with hours of fun for racing and non-racing fans. You can play the demo or buy Mad Cars for $19.95 at http://www.realore.com/madcars.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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