Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing
This is one of the first of several racing games set to appear on the NES this year. Al Unser Jr. Racing uses a first-person perspective from slightly behind the car you control. Dozens of race courses from around the world are used, each with its own twists, turns and maps. Turbo Racing is further expanded with a unique power-up system that allows you to tailor your vehicle from race to race. A tournament mode further enhances play with multi-lap races, pit stops and more!
Turbo Racing is a very nice package. Not only do you get two types of practice modes, but you also get an arcade-style tournament feature that has qualifying laps, customizing options and more! The background and track graphics are good, but the cars suffer from flicker when bunched up.
Of all sports games, I like racing best and when a new one appears it better be good. Unser has good intentions and lots of courses, auto options. But it does lack a tachometer and the graphics, while detailed, are designed in a very distracting way. There is no gas gauge and the pit area doesn't work.
There is way too much flicker in this racing game. Whenever you get into a pack of cars, half of them disappear! Unser does present some new themes, like a pit stop and qualifying for each race, but the execution of these good ideas is poor. Some high points unfortunately don't save it.
Al Unser has a lot to like, including Pit Stops, qualifying laps, digitized graphics and turbo boosters. Multiple courses must be challenged around the world and you must wind through a real pack of cars. You can even break down your car! Some graphic problems and no fuel gauge detract though.
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Take on the hottest tracks in the world as the racing season cruises from Brazil to Spain, then on to Hungary and 12 other countries before you come back to the USA for the season's final challenge.
But getting there won't be easy - you'll have to tap the raw power of your turbo-monster to haul your way past the world's top drivers. And in this game you need a lot more than just hyper driving skills. You've got to control your mechanics and pit crew - together you design and build the perfect race machine for each new track.
On top of it all, Al Unser Jr. is at your side. He'll let you drive his car while he schools you on what it takes to win. And when you think you're ready, you can go start your own race team, build your own car and take on Al Jr. in wide-open wheel-to-wheel action.
Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing. If you think you can handle it!