Beetle Crazy Cup
Beetle Crazy Cup or as it is known in the USA, Beetle Buggin is a fun arcade-style racing game originally released in 2000. You may think that this might be a sequel to the awesome, Beetle Adventure Racing on the Nintendo 64, but the two games are not related. Still, if you think VW Bugs are cool then you are in for a good time here.
Getting Those Points!
The main mode that you will be playing towards is all about getting points by winning races. This is called the Championship Mode and it is what you would expect. The game features a ton of tracks and getting through the Championship Mode might take a few tries as the handling of these VW Beetles has a strange kind of feel to it.
The presentation of Beetle Crazy Cup is a real mixed bag. On one hand, I love the way that the actual cars look. There is a ton of personality here and an awesome selection of VW Beetles to race as. There are close to 20 types of vehicles and multiple designs in each type. While the cars look good, the tracks, on the other hand, leave a lot to be desired. There is a nice variety to the tracks, but the details are all very flat and certainly make the game show its age.
Racing In Style
One really cool thing is that while the game is an arcade-style racer it takes things a step further. There are different racing modes and each one changes things up. For example, in Buddy Mode, you are on a beach and need to watch out for the wet and soggy sand. Cross is all about being in a big stadium and dealing with slopes and tricky dunes. There is a Jump mode where you need to hit this nitro at the right time to make a bit jump. Monster is probably my favorite as this is like you are in a monster truck arena and the Beetles have big giant wheels! Then we have Speed which is a frantic race to the finish line
So there is a lot of content here in Beetle Crazy Cup. The unlockables are cool as well as you can get more cool vehicles like an old school VW van which I had a lot of fun screwing around with on the different tracks.
While by today's standards what is on offer here is very basic. I will admit that the game does not exactly look great, nor does it play all that great too. However, if you are like me and think that a VW Beetle is awesome then I am sure you will have a fair bit of fun with Beetle Crazy Cup. Just keep in mind that this is a racing game from 2000 and it plays and looks like one. I would not say that it is anywhere close to being as good as Beetle Adventure Racing on the Nintendo 64, but there is still some fun to be had here.
- It has VW Beetles in it and they are awesome
- There is so much charm to the cars
- Plenty of variety to the cars
- You can race in more than just Beetles
- The variety to the different types of racing is cool
- This game looks and feels like it is from 2000!
- The handling takes a while to get used to
Download Beetle Crazy Cup
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
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.