Title Super Monaco Grand Prix Genre Sports Company Sega (Amiga conversion by Probe Software) Players 1 HD Installable No Compatibillity Not AGA Submission Joachim Froholt Profiled Reviewer Review Super Monaco GP is a sprite-based Formula 1 racing game viewed from behind the steering wheel. The arcade version was very popular during the late eighties, and the game was converted to several formats, including the Amiga. People were fairly impressed with this game when it was released, but there has been a number of similar games released in the nineties. How does Super Monaco GP compare to them? There's nothing really special with this game. If you came across someone playing it, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were playing Vroom, F1 or some other 1st person sprite based racer. If you're the player, you'll know that these games are a bit better, but this offering isn't really that far behind the competition, both in the gameplay and presentation areas. The problems with Super Monaco GP are related to the fact that this is an arcade conversion. Arcade games can't be played forever, so playing through the entire world championship takes too much time. Sega (the manufacturers of the Arcade) solved this by showing you the Game Over screen if you crash your car so hard that it can't continue the race. This isn't realistic, real F1 drivers crash relatively often, but yet they usually come back to race the next circuit unless they get seriously injured. Also, Sega made the game harder by denying you the possibillity to continue to the next race if you don't do well in the current race. This is far from the situation in the real world (imagine Hakkinen being kicked out of the world championship if he placed 8th in one race!). Once Super Monaco GP was transfered to a computer, the need for quick games disappeared. You would think that Sega had enough sense to throw away all the qualifying nonsense, but no such luck. They could have made the game more player friendly by providing passwords, but they didn't. This is my biggest problem with the game. There are so many games which will allow you to play proper championships, and that is so much more fun than always having to qualify for the next race (unless you can save the game between races or receive passwords). At the very least the game could have been more forgiving when dealing with those crashes. It just gets so frustrating, having to restart the whole thing over again whenever you make a small mistake. As I said, there's nothing special about the actual gameplay (as long as you don't crash). The controls are ok, and the action is fast enough to satisfy most of us. The biggest problem here is that computer cars can drive straight through you from behind. Not only does this prevent you from preventing them to pass you, like a real driver would be able to (within reasonable limits), but it also increases the chance of you crashing into them. When a computer car has passed through you, he'll be very close, and you'll often end up bumping into his rear end before you get the chance to react, something which I find really annoying. You can choose if you want to play with a mouse or a joystick, and you can also alter the mouse/joystick sensitivity. There are three "difficulty levels" (automatic transmission, 4 gears or 7 gears). This only affects your car, so you'll have to drive very well if you want to keep up with the others if you've selected automatic transmission. The graphics are nice (but, again, very similar to most games of this kind). There's no 3d objects, everything is sprite-based. I don't mind this, but I know others do. The sound side is rather boring, with engine noises and other neccesary sounds, but not more. The title tune isn't too bad, but it's not really good either. As a conclusion, I'll say that this is an okay game, but the fact that you can't play proper seasons and the lack of a two player mode ruins a lot of the fun. When there are so many games without these problems, there's no reason to buy Super Monaco GP, especially if you allready own some driving games (and if you don't, there's other alternatives which are much better, you can probably find some of them reviewed elsewhere in the Amiga Games Database). Having said that, the game is addictive for a while, so if the game is cheap enough, your money won't be totally wasted.