Wacky Races

a game by Eden Entertainment Software, and Atlus

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisNESNES

Genres: Racing, Platformer, Multiplayer/Hotseat

Those Hanna-Barbera-ians of questionable character, Dick Dastardly and his sidekick Mutley, have been competing in the international Wacky Races forever, and they've never won. In fact, they rarely finish a race.

Nothing's changed in this NES game. As usual, everything's gone wrong and poor old Mutley's must save DD from disaster.

A Toothy Grin

Wacky Races by Atlus sends the swift, easy-to-maneuver Mutley on foot through three multi-part courses: Hip Hop, Splish Splash, and Go Go America. As he pads along, Mutley clashes with a variety of unsavory creatures. What's a poor doggie to do? Flash those pearly whites and start chompin'. However, Mutley needs some back up, which is why he's hidden Bones throughout each course.

When Mutley sinks his teeth into a Bone, he beefs up his energy level and gains super canine powers, such as his dreaded Sonic Bark which blasts enemies right off the screen. Other tasty power-ups include a pair of Wings and a supply of Bombs. This wouldn't be a wacky race without the motley crew of wacky racers, which include the Bouldermobile, the Creepy Coup, the Compact Pussy Cat, and the Arkansas Chugga Bug. At the end of each course, one of the Racers attempts to turn Mutley into road-pizza.

ProTip: To preserve energy while you build up your heart meter, collect as many Bones as you can get your paws on. Weapons enable you to attack from a safer distance.

Hot Doggie

Mutley's NES adventure is as entertaining as the cartoon and has a challenge level suitable for middle-of-the-road gamers. Mutley deserves a break. You won't go wrong doing this doggie a good deed.

Bounce off whale's head to reach the upper most platform in the third part of World B. If you take the lower route, Mutley's forced to make an impossibly long jump.

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This video game, that is called Chiki Chiki Machine Mou Race in Japan, was an Atlus platformer for the Nintendo Entertainment System. A Game Boy Color/ Dreamcast/ PlayStation game of the same name that came out in 2000. But it was published by Infogrames, and was a racing game.

Wacky Races is based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, starring Dick Dastardly and Muttley. For those, who remember the cartoon, this may a blast from the past. The player can choose from all the your favorite characters, including Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, Dick Dastardly, Muttley, winding his/her way through cartoon, like environments in the well-known vehicles of each character. All you need is to get to the end of the race first in order to open up new tracks. And use weapons to pick off the rest of the cast and also aid your progress.

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