Ever play with slot cars? No? Ever play with radio- controlled cars? NO?? Ever play with R.C. Pro-Am!?! ALRIGHT!!! Now we're on the same frequency! R.C. Pro-Am II by Tradewest is a great follow- up to the original radio-controlled model car racing game on the NES.
This traffic report calls for remote- controlled (R.C.) thrills and spills, and Pro-Am II delivers! You guide your little racer in wild, wheel-warping races against three other R.C. cars. The cars zip down straightaways, slide hard into turns, and go airborne off bumps and ramps. There's only one way to win, and that's to jam the accelerator button!
ProTip: If you're behind in a race, you can quickly make up territory in the turns by cutting the comers as close as you can.
You race across 24 tracks, which are spread across three courses -- an R.C. Race Track, a Mini-Cityscape, and a 4x4 Off-Road course. Your goal is to earn points towards the R.C. championship crown by finishing each race in the money -- First, Second or Third place. You use the cash to soup-up your car. Fourth place finishers burn a continue and you only get three to start.
You need continues. Look for them on the tracks as Car icons or as rectangular boxes that are the same color as your car. You can buy them, too, but they cost more at each purchase.
One to four human players (using an NES Four Player Adaptor) can bump bumpers. If you can't find three friends, field as many as you can and the game conjures up the rest.
He who hits these speed strips usually prevails.
Pro-Am II provides a couple of fun Bonus Games, too. There's a mini-monster truck tug-o'-war and a rubber- burning drag race. Both events are fun changes of pace that require maniacal button-pounding.
An Arms Race
You won't need driver's ed to master the game's solid controls. You use Left, Right, B for the accelerator, and A to activate special features and weapons. Weapons? Oh, yes! You can buy six types: Missiles, Bombs, Lasers, and Freeze, which all speak for themselves. The two meanest items are Buckshot, which blasts money from other cars, and the devious Mega Pulse Pulser, which reverses your opponents' controls.
Persistence pays off. Even if your car explodes, drive as fast as you can to the Finish Line.
If you prefer to race fairly, you can buy nonviolent equipment, including five engines, four types of tires, and Nitro for a quick surge of power. However, raceway peaceniks risk becoming moving targets.
Keep your eyes on the road and your ears plugged. The 8-bit graphics and sounds do their respective jobs, but they won't compel you to buy this game. Your cars are just recognizable and the tracks are no tourist attractions. But you're here to race not sightsee, and the game's quick-moving animation is top-notch. Pro-Am's sounds? Well, they exist.
R.C. Is A-OK
R. C. Pro-Am II is a slick sequel that out- races the original, so hit the road, Jack! Every red-blooded American feels a need for four-wheel speed some time -- even if it's only a little burst.
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Rev up your engines for the latest racing installment from Tradewest, R.C. Pro-Am 2! Race through the grasslands, city streets and deserts while battling your opponents on 24 new tracks that will test your driving skills to the fullest. Knock your competitors off the road with nitro-boosting power-ups. Upgrade your car with parts and weapons if you want to make it to the finish line before anyone else!
I really enjoyed the original and, although this sequel hasn't powered up measurably over the first release, it still shows that some hot product can be created - even for an 8-Bit system! The action is fast and furious and a variety of enhancements can take the race into top gear! A very fun update on an old classic.
Racing games are my favorite and after hearing of a new NES cart I wasn't excited. After all how could the 8-Bit deliver the excitement that you get from playing a good Genesis racer? But I was wrong! This is a must have cart for anybody who still uses the NES as the game play, graphics and car options are outstanding.
Wow! I am impressed with the quality of this cart. There is still life in the 8-bit, if someone would take the time to make a quality game. Good graphics and OK sounds are just the beginning. The game play is phenomenal! You have total control over your car. Power-up with guns and nitro to keep things interesting.
This is how an NES game should be programmed! The control is right on the money, and the numerous power up options really add variety to the game play. The graphics delightfully colorful, and the challenge consistently better as you race along. RC Pro Am II is the best racing game for the NES!
Radio-controlled Racers, start your engines. This sequel to an NES classic has an over- head-view and 24 unique tracks. This ain't no orderly race -- weapons are involved. If you only concentrate on your three computer or human opponents, you'll smash into one of the four types of obstacles or miss grabbing any of the seven different bonus items you'll find along the course. If you're going for the purse, be sure to enter the two bonus games. They're worth their weight in gold. Cross the finish line first and you can brag about being the R.C. Pro-Am II champ.