Beetle Crazy Cup
|a game by||Efecto Caos S.L.|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Driving games, eh? The PC is far more powerful than any console, yet while we get by on second-hand remakes, the plastic boxes deliver the goods in just about every area. On the PlayStation you've got the superb Gran Turismo series and Nintendo users can boast about the delights of multiplayer Mario Karl. There are some excellent simulation titles on the PC, and a couple of decent arcade games (Midtown Madness, for example) but Beetle Crazy Cup is far more representative of the dross.
It's not bad, but it doesn't do anything new. The only twist is that you get to drive the legendary VW Beetle, in all of its guises from road-hugger to beach buggy. There are loads of tracks to negotiate and a variety of racing modes (track, beach, stadium, monster and jumps), but after a couple of hours you'll have tried them all and come away unsatisfied.
There's not one thing that we could cite for the shortcomings of this game. The cars handle differently, but none of them give you a sense of pinpoint control. The tracks are often too harsh and if you dare to come off the road surface the gravel acts as a treacle pit, holding you back until the leaders have shot off into the distance. The brakes are too heavy, the handbrake too light, and the steering just about right. And that's it: average, average, average.
We've scored it above average because of the variety of games and vehicles, but it would have scored higher if it had come with an Internet option. As it is you can play in split-screen mode or across a network if you're lucky enough to live in a two-PC household or work in an office with a boss that's never around. In the year 2000, it's just not enough.