a game by Zyrinx
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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There's nothing especially remarkable about Scavenger's futuristic racing game, but that's not to say that there's nothing to recommend it.

The idea of racing a huge atlasphere around a roller-coaster ride of a track with more dips, tight turns and twists than the whole of Pan's People is a novel slant that hasn't been seen before, and the visuals alone make it a worthwhile experience.

Scorcher is a very good-looking game, although the altlasphere things take a little getting used to (they sometimes don't go where you expect - but then who knows what one of these things handles like apart from Wolf, Lightning, Saracen and Co?). You get a good sensation of speed as they bounce around the track, especially through the high-banked corners.

Scavenger have done their best to make the six tracks as varied as possible by dropping in some interesting obstacles, but ultimately it's all just a too samey and this is where Scorcher falls down. The lack of a multi-player mode and the fact that it's so damn hard to stay on the track (the checkpoint times are on the mean side, so you'll be forced to use the practice mode if you want to get anywhere) doesn't help matters, but at least it keeps you at it.

For a quick speed hit, it's ideal, but when you play it for any length of time it starts to lose its appeal, for all its graphical splendour and speed.

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System requirements:

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

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