Micro Machines (1993) Megadrive Retro Review

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Micro Machines is a top down racing game that puts you in control of a whole host of different and pint-sized vehicles across various courses.

The game is based on the insanely popular Micro Machines toy range from Galoob which permeated everything back in the day from shop shelves to thwarting Marv in Home Alone.

The toys were part of growing up for many kids in the 80’s and 90’s and a game based on the tiny vehicles was a must for any fan and was jolly good fun too.

The game starts off by letting you pick your character, there’s quite a few and your job is to eliminate them from future racers by beating them.

Nothing new there for sure, many games do this but it’s the setting and vibe this game gives that will transport you and your imagination back to breakfast table antics of eating your cereal and pushing around a car or floating a boat in the bath like all kids did back then.

The thing is, most racing games of the time were attempting realism and whilst at the time these things did actually look the part they really don’t nowadays. Micro Machines was set in fictitious locales but ones that were familiar and fun.

Racing powerboats around the bathtub whilst avoiding bubbles and whirlpools…check. Or how about racing Formula 1 cars around a snooker table whilst shunting your opponents into the pockets to slow their progress and ensure your own victory…check.

There was so much variety in the game that its hard not to like it from the get-go.

The variety not only in the courses but in the vehicles is what sets it apart as well. Sports cars on school desks, helicopters in the garden and battle tanks that whilst slow let you shoot your three opponents and take beat them to the finish line.

The game has it all and it just compels you to play it again.

Two player is fun but beating your opponent sitting next to you is a simple affair, race further up the screen and you get the point, best of three and you win. Simple and effective but it’s the single player mode that is so much fun.

Graphically its basic but at the same time vibrant and sweet. It looks the part and still does today, I think more so than

It looks the part and still does today, I think more so than later versions on the Playstation which had 3D graphics but haven’t stood the test of time as well as this 2D version does.

The characters also include one called Violet which many older gamers might recognize but might not be able to put your finger on it. Well,

Well, it’s Violet Berlin from CITV’s Bad Influence that we all used to watch back in the early 90’s. The trick with the characters is not to race the weak ones first but get the better racers out of the way first.

Another nice touch is that every time you complete a race you get to put the vehicle you used in a trophy slot so it’s like collecting Micro Machines just like you did as a kid.

Sound is ok but it’s not really about that, it works well and that’s about it but it’s really about the escapism that the game evokes.

The sheer childhood joy of secretly creating a ramp out of schoolbooks and subtly driving it around with your pal next to you whilst the teacher isn’t looking is encapsulated here and is well worth picking up today and adding it your collection, if you haven’t already.

Its great and the good news is you can pick it up for peanuts today.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Graphics
65 %
Sound
60 %
Gameplay
90 %
Classic Factor
80 %
Child of the 80's, teenager through the 90's and raving party animal in the 00's. Loves old cars, games, sci-fi movies and skating. He also owns too many pairs of Reebok Pumps.

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