Redline: F-1 Racer
Absolute's Redline F-1 Racer has sharp graphics and emphasizes the intricacies of race car mechanics. While not too intriguing for casual racers, this game will please fans who want to master their engine and customize their machine for peak performance on certain tracks.
ProTip: Always take the inside lane, and jam your opponent to the outside of a turn.
One or two players face off on 12 international F-1 circuit race tracks and steer from a behind-the-car, forward-scrolling perspective. As you complete races, you get a password and prize money. The bigger your purse, the better the options you may purchase for your car. The better your car, the more money you can win. It's all one, big, vicious high-octane cycle!
Unlike other racing games, running into the dirt is not a good way to slow your car down.
Sharp graphics enhance this game's appeal. Cars are clearly rendered against colorful backgrounds, and on-screen readouts are nicely positioned and don't interfere with the action. The sound effects are minimal, but the revving engine is clear. This is especially useful with manual transmissions, because you can shift without having to eye the gearshift meter. The responsive controls help you stay on the track, too.
Redline's highlight is the abundance of customizing options. You can upgrade nine features, including the tires, the engine, and even the front wings.
Redline F-1 Racer is not for speed freaks looking for an arcade-style racing fix. Those drivers should race other games, such as Nigel Mansell's World Championship. However, if auto design is your inclination, then take this game for a quick spin!