Drivers, take your positions - it's race time! And this is no ordinary race, but a true road rally running 8,073 miles from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal. You'll weave through the twisting, challenging French countryside and across the blistering sands of the Sahara, driving day and night through eight checkpoints. In a cross-country race like this, it's not the fastest driver who wins, but the smartest!
Victory Run, a Hudson Soft title for the TurboGrafx-16, is a truly entertaining game. Thanks to the TurboGrafx-16's enhanced capabilities, Victory Run features better graphics and more complex options than other racing games. You play from a point of view just behind your car, which offers a realistic perspective of the road ahead and the scenery all around. And the scenery is impressive. In the first stage of the race you see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe on the distant horizon, slowly growing larger as you draw near Paris. Objects close to your car zip by at dizzying speed, and the screen scrolls both up and down and left and right as you follow the road. The varying movement of objects close up and far away creates a genuine sense of three-dimensional reality.
The game makes good use of the TurboPad. You control acceleration with button 1 and braking with button 2. The four-way directional pad lets you steer (left and right) and shift gears (up and down).
As the race begins, you get a supply of 20 replacement parts - up to four of each of the five parts you are most likely to wear out. You can select from tires, gears, engines, suspension components, and brakes. Choose these replacement parts carefully. During the desert portions of the race, for instance, you're really going to punish your tires and suspension, so you should stock plenty of these items.
The combination of parts selection and realistic control of gears, speed, and braking lends this game an authenticity that others lack. Victory Run is an excellent addition to the popular genre of racing games.