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21 March 2006
Impressions: Racing Gears Advance
Racing Gears Advance feels like Mail Order Monsters mixed with Racing Destruction Set. In brief, you race across twisting courses of pavement and mud under sunny, rainy, or snowy conditions with armed, tweaked cars. Wins mean money, and money means upgrades.

While playing, speed matters, but agility and vicious attacks matter just as much. It all feels right, whether whipping around corners, slamming the car just ahead with rockets, or dropping a puddle of oil for the car on your tail. Driving these little cars is so natural, that it's scary. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about the game, except that I can't put it to sleep like I can games on the PSP.

Racing Gears Advance has been getting more play on the ol' burnin' GBA than WipeOut Pure on the fancy PSP. From what I've seen so far, I recommend it, if you can find it.

Addendum: Last night I remembered the other game that Racing Gears Advance resembles: Power Drive Rally by Rage Software for the Atari Jaguar. (It was also known as Power Drive for the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis in the U.K.) Take Power Drive Rally and add weapons, a real upgrade system, and seven opponents instead of just one, and you've got Racing Gears Advance. Given how much I loved the older game, no surprise I'd like the new one too.
--Matt Matthews at 22:31
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See also Rock n' Roll Racing. Probably my favorite entry in the racetrack shoot 'em up with upgradable vehicles category. It was re-released for the GBA under the "Blizzard Classic Arcade" label a couple of years ago, though I can't say it was the greatest of ports.

By Anonymous gatmog, at 22 March, 2006 08:11  

Interesting. I have seen that game, but never paid it much mind. Fortunately, I already have a racetrack shoot 'em up to keep me busy. ;^)

By Blogger jvm, at 22 March, 2006 09:38  

Your addendum really cleared that up for me, thanks.

Also, this blog is just like Unhappy Gamer 2 for the colecovision, just picture Unappy Gamer 2 for the colecovision minus the relevent content and you've got it.

By Anonymous zachary, at 22 March, 2006 10:54  

In the future, I'll be sure to keep your happiness in mind when posting, zakk.

Oh, and eat flaming death.

By Blogger jvm, at 22 March, 2006 12:57  


Also, let me second Rock n' Roll Racing, awesome game.

By Anonymous zachary, at 22 March, 2006 13:03  

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