BC Racers 32X

Put the thrilling motorcycle racing of Road Rash in to a comical Flintstones-like Stone Age environment, and you get BC Racers -- a goofy but enjoyable racing game.

Meet the Racers

In this wild prehistoric realm, you choose from six teams of racers, then ride behind the bike for a view of your driver and sidecar passenger. On 32 challenging tracks, you must race while using your sidecar character to attack others and defend your bike. To continue to the next race, you can't finish last or wreck your bike.

Detailed sprites and colorful backgrounds lend cartoony character to this game, which looks much crisper than the Sega CD version. The graphics, however, take an evolutionary step backward when the racing begins and the scrolling becomes choppy. Some slowdown plagues the simultaneous two-player split- screen races.

The decent music captures the game's funky flavor. But the sparse sound effects and shallow-sounding screech of your tires taking a corner leave you craving better racing audio.

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Simple controls make steering through these twisty tracks relatively easy, but you hardly have time to use your attacks. Three skill levels let you select the difficulty. Normal and Harder modes plant crazy obstacles in the tracks, like pop-up coffins on the graveyard course.

ProTips:

  • When you make a big jump, navigate the track while you're airborne, or you'll land offcourse.
  • Drive through the row of meat at the side of the track by the starting lines to restore your bike's health.
  • To make tighter turns, ease off the accelerator just before you enter comers.

BC Racers' numerous tracks, humorous attacks, and simultaneous two-player action will appeal to those looking for a lighthearted challenge. Serious racers who won't appreciate the game's humor should stick to present-day speedways.

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Super Mario Kart goes Road Rashin' in this charming racer. It's not intense, but BC Racers is good-natured fun.

Blast to the Past

Joe 'n' Mac would recognize this cartoonlike racing. Competing on 32 prehistoric courses, your Neanderthal racers are paired up on stony motorcycles with sidecars.

Snagging power-ups as they go, the cave dudes bash their competitors. Without serious timers or gauges to complicate the races, and with word balloons punctuating punches, BC Racers emphasizes lightweight action.

The graphics could be straight from The Flintstones. Comical characters with goofy hair ramble past volcanoes and rock houses, making this ride a lark in the Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, pixilated landscapes sometimes make it hard to spot the power-ups on the track.

The sounds aren't as colorful as they should've been. Peppy music drives the action, but the minimal voices and sound effects don't really convey the exuberant spirit of the graphics.

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The only complications are with the controls. Get a six-button pad, or you'll fumble with the three-button setup as you try to simultaneously accelerate, steer, punch, and hit Nitro. One good control feature is the ability to switch your view from behind the racer to an aerial shot.

While it probably isn't for sophisticated gamers, BC Racers still has plenty of youth appeal. Until they're ready for Road Rash, novices can get good mileage from these cave clowns.

reggie posted a review

A fun prehistoric racing game that was also released on many console systems. The storyline is as simple as the gameplay: millionaire caveman Millstone Rockafella has arranged a formula BC contest with a Ultimate Boulderdash Bike as the prize. A host of bizarre characters have entered in pairs -- one driving, one deploying weapons from the side-car -- in a wacky race across eight circuits ranging from a "jungle rumble" to the hellish "volcano dash".

There are four skill settings and they make a significant difference in game, with "easy level" loop tracks suddenly spawning all sorts of dog-leg corners and chicanes on harder difficulty settings. Other than that, it's all very straightforward with no power-ups or unusual hazards -- apart from bridges and leaps.

Besides one-player mode, you have a choice of competing against a second player alone or with all the racers included. Getting down to gameplay, the first minutes you need to get used to the steering which reacts much stronger than in kart games. The first stage is easy and just a warm-up.

The second one features a race at night as extra difficulty. There's a light spot in front of you, in the area of your front lamp, but the view is much worse than in the first stage. Upcoming stages feature bridges and ramps -- too bad if you miss them -- and even snow. After eight stages, the settings repeat but with new courses. This way, you get 32 levels in all.

The higher levels have quite interesting course lay-outs (in contrast to the rather simple first eight levels) with narrow passages and even narrower short-cuts. As they get very difficult later on, it should be enough to keep you occupied for a while. Even more in split-screen two-player-mode, of course, which harks back to the days of Epyx's Pitstop, with very good graphics detail that isn't very pixellated. Overall, if you enjoy Wacky Wheels or other kart racing games, you'll enjoy BC Racers.

This game was released as freeware in 1995.

reggie posted a review

Storyline

BC Racers tries to create a racing simulation by mixing the usual elements of games of this genre with the "prehistoric" theme. Particularly, the game takes place in the world of one of Core's iconic characters, Chuck Rock. The storyline of the game is pretty simple, but it adds much to the general feeling: the millionaire playboy caveman Millstone Rockafella has organized a BC bike race, the winner of which will receive the Ultimate Boulderdash Bike. Six groups of riders -one driving, one deploying weapons from the sidecar- from all around the prehistoric world will use their rock-powered sidecars to compete for this prize.

Description and Gameplay

BC Racers has four difficulty settings: Easy, Medium, Hard and Rockhard. Each of the settings has eight different circuits, making a total of 32 circuits in the game. There are also eight themes, from desert wastes to active volcanos and massive jungles. The tracks need four laps to complete, and feature many special elements specific to the circuit's setting. Unusually for a game of this type, there are no power-ups, except for a "turbo" that the bikes can trigger every few seconds.

Other unusual feature of the game is the function of the bikes' riders: both of them can use physical attacks to injure other drivers. If the bike gets beaten enough, it crashes out, giving the player extra points. Of course, the same thing can happen to the player's bike.

The game does not seek to accurately simulate real world bikes, driving conditions, or physics. In fact, many internet reviews consider the bikes quite hard to control, since the steering reacts much stronger than in other racing games.

Some ports of the game include a split-screen two player mode. However, other ports didn't include this modality, having instead a two player cooperative mode (one of the players controls the driver, while the other controls the fighting, steering and turbo).

Trivia

Some of the riders in BC Racers come from other famous Core Design games, such as Chuck Rock and Chuck Rock Junior. Others are obvious references to several real world characters, such as Brick Jagger and Jimi Handtrix (referencing Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix).

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