Manx TT Superbike

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a game by Sega AM3 R&D Division
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
User Rating: 6.4/10 - 5 votes
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See also: Bike Games
Manx TT Superbike
Manx TT Superbike
Manx TT Superbike

Manx TT Superbike started life out as an arcade racing game from Sega in 1995. One of the coolest things about this in the arcade was how you would actually sit on a motorbike to ride it. Kind of like what Sega did with Super Hang-On many years earlier. A short while later, this game would be released on Sega Saturn and PC, but how does this version fare?

Who Will Win The Race?

As this is a port of an arcade racing game and one from the mid-90s. You have to keep that in mind when you are looking at what is on offer here. I would have to say that Manx TT Superbike is greatly lacking in-game modes, but this is the way many arcade ports were back then. You have an Arcade Mode which as the name suggests is the same as the arcade and you also have a Saturn Mode.

Saturn Mode has two extra tracks, practice races and time trials to help pad things out a tad. I get what they were doing here, but I really think had they pushed this back 6 or so months they could have added at least 2-4 more tracks and the game would probably have gotten a point or two higher from me.

Lots Of Bikes, But Where Are the Tracks?

The bikes are cool and there are plenty to unlock, but as I said, Manx TT Superbike only has four tracks, and saying that it has four tracks is actually being kind. You see, you have two tracks and then those same tracks again, but they are mirrored. Imagine trying to release a game in 2020 that only has two real tracks.

When this was in the arcades in 1995, it was known for its impressive graphics. The graphics took a bit of a hit on the Sega Saturn. However, the PC port did improve things quite significantly.

Fun, But Tough To Master

The gameplay when you first fire this up will be very frustrating for you. Even more so if you are new to playing this and did not play it back in the day. This is the kind of game that simply must be played with an analog controller. I would go as far as to say that the game is near unplayable with a dpad or even worse the keyboard. The bikes handle quite well once you get the controls down. It is all about making small, precise movements as you go. This is what can throw many people off and lead to frustration early on in the game.

7

When Manx TT Superbike was first released it is easy to see why it was such a big hit. Sega was all about bringing their arcade experiences home and I feel that they did that well with this game. However, there is no denying that there is a severe lack of content here. The most fun is with the two-player mode or if you just want to keep shaving seconds off your best times in time trial mode.

Pros:

  • The game looks great
  • It is a Sega arcade classic that does not get enough love
  • They at least tried to add in “new” tracks
  • Tons of bikes to race on
  • Playing with a friend is a lot of fun

Cons:

  • There is very little replay value here
  • The controls are horrible if you are using a keyboard or a dpad

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

This game was originally developed by Sega for their fading Saturn console. It sold fairly well, but then Saturn owners aren't exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to class sports games, so we won't read too much into that. How it will fair on PC is perhaps more questionable. Bike racers have never done particularly well on PC, and this one is pretty much standard fare for the genre. Choose your bike, choose your track, and zoom around the track with all the other bikers. Admittedly, this 3Dfx-enhanced version looks much better than its Saturn counterpart, but the gameplay is more or less the same. In fact it's identical to the Saturn version. You may not think this is a big deal, but when you consider that most of Sega's other Saturn-to-PC ports have been merely okay, this is quite an achievement. If you like your arcade racers fast and fairly undemanding, you'll be reasonably happy with Manx TT, but gamers looking for more of a long-term challenge will be disappointed. If you really want it, wait 'til it's on budget.

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