Title Nitro (Second Review) Publisher Psygnosis, 1990 Game Type Driving Players Up to 3 HD Installable No Compatability A500 Submission Shane Armstrong Review Let's start by saying this, Nitro by Psygnosis is seriously one of the most underrated games ever released for the superb Commodore Amiga. The game is a top down view racer, a la Micro Machines, however Micro Machines and Supercars etc. are fondly remembered by a vast amount of Amiga gamers, but not so many remember Nitro which came out in the good old days of 1990 when the Amiga was just starting to spread it's wonderful gaming wings and give me and many other people out there a fantastic taste of computer gaming. This is the game that the resultant games followed but in my opinion never came close to replicating. "Pure Gameplay" just about sums it up, not that the graphics were bad, in fact for their age they were more than adequate, but the gameplay, oh the gameplay!! I lost many, many hours to this game, just trying to get to the next race that I lost out to before! The game is viewed from an eagle's eye point of view directly above your car, be it a jeep, sports or racing car, and the tracks range from apocalyptic wastelands to forests and city streets. I can't stress just how good the controls felt though, it was an absolute joy to play, which is pretty much essential in a game of this sort. The game is played race by race with you earning points in a championship table for the position you come in (1 to 4) and along the course of the race certain pick-ups are floating around the track, be it money, gas or points. Money is used to upgrade the car with extra speed, traction and acceleration etc. Gas is needed of course as through the course of the race your gas is ultimately depleted, and points were the norm in the good old days of gaming weren't they?!! The game is played through certain terrains, be it city, forest, whatever, but a couple of times in each section will see a night time track, with just the car and headlights visible, therefore your need for reacting to upcoming obstacles is greatly increased. The sound should also get a mention for this game as the music that plays throughout the game is superb. It's only the one tune played throughout every level in the game! but it's superb, and I still hum it now and again to this day!! The two player mode is also excellent, but if one is a lot better than the other then the screen has to halt to wait for the lagging player to catch up which can be annoying, but it is playable and is a worthy addition to the game. The single player mode excels though, so if you like your gameplay then check out this superb game from the masters of Amiga programming Psygnosis.