Title Crazy Cars 3 Game Type Driving Players 1 Compatibility A500+ or better Submission Terry Everest Review Crazy Cars 3 is a good racing game and the best of the Crazy Cars series without question. The manual explains that you are unemployable in the normal manner and that your sole possession of value is a Lamborghini Diablo which you have spent your life savings on buying at a knockdown price. You have no option but to compete in an organized league of illegal highway races to earn yourself some cash and get rich. You start in division 4 of the league and race against all sorts of underworld characters who are all after the same thing as you. Each race is situated in an American state or city and each has a huge entry fee as well as a cash prize. The method of making money is either to win the race or place but often coming second or third may not get you a profit at all. Luckily you are able to gamble as much money as you dare against the named characters and whoever beats the other gamblers in the race picks up the pot of bets made. This is an excellent way of increasing your income, or of losing it, but if you beat just one of the other gamblers you get their wagered amount (unless your wager is lower in which case you get that amount from them. The graphics in this game are not spectacular but they are fine and the general presentation is very good, some attempt has clearly been made to make the courses represent the locations at which they are set. Also the sound is fairly good. Progression is achieved by winning money so that you can afford the extortionate fees of the bigger races and prize money increases with fee and difficulty. Once you have earned $50,000 you can buy a pass for the end of division race. This is a tricky time trial on a desert road covered in trucks going both ways and cattle horns but once completed you progress to the higher division (ie 3). There are a number of upgrades to purchase for your car and also you sustain damage in races which has to be repaired at the garage to avoid low car performance. The upgrades are a bit too expensive but you will need the right one or two to succeed in higher divisions. The famous nitro boost capability is the most extreme and it costs $50,000. The acceleration it gives if carefully used can propel you into first place and win you the race. Obviously it only becomes financially worthwhile in the harder, later races where the prize money starts to get to the hundred thousand dollar mark. The game is pretty good and the driving experience is intensified by competition with your RIVALS and also with the police. As I have mentioned the races are highly illegal and the cops have a number of nasty ways of catching you out. The most common is the highway patrol which may be moving or stationary, the cops will come after you very fast if you exceed the limit which is 110 kph. This makes for some tense action as you desperately try to keep going even when cops keep ramming you, and your rivals are near. Only determined driving will shake off the cops and they do you loads of expensive damage. As you progress, new and improved upgrades can be bought and there are radar devices to allow detection of cops and improvement of the car. The police however are increasingly vigilant and have such things as speed traps and cameras which cost you in automatic fines - these are pretty inescapable. This game is very addictive I thought and you may try to progress to higher divisions or you might just keep playing it again and again for the quick win and the thrill of the chase enhanced by large sums of money. If you appreciate gameplay over other considerations this is excellent stuff and although it is hard, and you will become despondent of losing, this is a great pick up and play game with hours of progression towards the top division, and its well finished too. I would recommend this to any real racer or amiga fan. I will give it 70% which is a fair accolade from me. "Will turn you into an obsessive gambler and speed criminal for several hours a week if you let it" tel.