Motor Mania

Published in the same year the Commodore 64 was released, this top-down racer allows you to guide your car through a vertically scrolling course, avoiding obstacles such as logs, broken glass, rival cars with drunken drivers and fire engines which cross the road at junctions.

You start the game at a petrol station and have to slowly manoeuvre your way onto the road. As you proceed in the race, the road will veer left and right and occasionally turn into an off-road section with a narrower road to navigate. The road is littered with objects to avoid and you need to balance your driving style in order to keep your car on the road whilst conserving fuel and keeping your generator charged. Driving slowly will conserve fuel (which is replenished by driving through the petrol stations that appear every so often) but will drain the generator. In order to top up the generator, you need to increase speed so a balance needs to be struck.

You start the game with 4 cars in the garage and 1 spare tyre. Driving over broken glass will remove your spare tyre if you have one but repeat the feat and you will lose a car. You also lose a car if you crash into a rival or hit one of the larger objects. Hit a smaller object such as a log then a warning light will come on and your car will start to overhear. The only way you can repair your car is to stop at a petrol station.

In addition to a speedometer and a generator level meter, you also have an odometer which shows the number of miles travelled. Every obstacle avoided adds 1 mile, passing another car adds 10 miles, passing a petrol station without stopping adds 100 miles and completing a map section adds 1000 miles. Successfully reaching 5000 miles adds an extra car to your garage unless it is already full, in which case you need to reach 10000 miles. The game ends when you run out of cars.

Reviews

Your 64 - Issue 1 - 60% - "Average but fun."

Programmer - John Fitzpatrick
Price at release - £8.95


Platform : Commodore 64
Format : Cassette
Publisher : Audiogenic/Software 64
Authors : John Fitzpatrick
Date : Unknown

Other Software by Audiogenic/Software 64:

Item Manufacturer Platform Format Date
Motor Mania Audiogenic/Software 64 Commodore 64 Cassette Unknown

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