Racer is a game from , originally released 31st December, 1969

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Cheap Shot: Racer

Many racing games try to get ahead by incorporating top-notch 3D graphics that will leave you in awe. Racer is quite the opposite. Instead, it focuses on nifty gameplay that allows for quick reactions in an arcade setting. Unfortunately, its simplicity ends up making it interesting for only a short period of time.

The idea behind Racer is that you must swerve and swivel your car through traffic as you speed down a highway. The controls are very responsive and allow for the quick maneuvering one would expect in such a game. You simply drag your finger along the screen. Also, if you drive further up on the screen you go faster and, in turn, are given more points.

Our money’s on the station wagon.

That’s all you get in Racer, though. With little variation to the gameplay, you will find the game becoming monotonous, fast. Online high scores will keep some interested for longer, but the fact that it only gives you the top nine scores hinders this feature.

Racer is also full of missed opportunities that could have added depth. For one, you can change your car’s color, but we would have liked a selection of cars. Due to the large amount of sprites in the game, this is something that the developer could most likely implement easily.

In its current state, Racer is a fun arcade game that gets boring quickly. Only those who can race with the best should pick up this game.

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