Skidmarks


Title		Skidmarks
Game Type	Driving
Company         Acid Software
Players		1-8 (on AGA)
Compatibility	All
Submission	Brian Salisbury

	This Amiga Report review appears here by courtesy of Jason Compton

Review

BRIEF DESCRIPTION
This is a one or two player game where you race around different off-road
tracks. Kind of like super off-road.


AUTHOR/COMPANY INFORMATION
Acid Software.

LIST PRICE
around 33 U.S dollars

SPECIAL HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

HARDWARE
Should work on all Amiga's, the more memory the better.

SOFTWARE
None.

COPY PROTECTION
On disk copy protection for the 2 track disks and AGA car disk. None for
the program disk.


MACHINE USED FOR TESTING
Amiga 1200 with 2megs of Chip Ram

INSTALLATION
This game can be played straight from floppies, or you can install the
game disk on your hard drive. For better or worse the 2 track disks it
comes with cannot be installed. Oh well.

REVIEW
Why is the game called SkidMarks? Well, let me tell you. As you race
around the track all the cars and tracks leave, you guessed it Skid marks!
It's fun taking a nice clean track and totally destroying it! If you race
the same track again, the skid marks stay. After your fun one that track,
time to mess up the next one!

This is a fun one or two player off road driving game. The 2nd player can
use the 2nd joystick or a null modem or the modem. The game even comes
with it's own phonebook!

First thing you do is choose your car type and color, and the computers
car type and color if you which. I could only choose 2 different car types
due to memory restraints which is no big deal.

You then choose the difficulty level. Higher difficulty equals faster
cars, which equals more work on control.

Then you choose the type of race. Practice, in which you choose  any track
a race by yourself. Match race, this one you race against the 3 computer
controlled cars. The final race option, you race all the tracks and the
vehicle with the best time wins.

The car control is quite easy to understand. Push forward on your joystick
or the fire button to accelerate, left and right to steer, and backward to
go backward, and brake.

The cars are very well animated. Raytraced using 800 frames for each car!
The track scrolling is very smooth. The track graphics are large and well
done.

The game comes with 2 track disk, each disk having 6 tracks to race on,
they vary from dirt, pavement, and snow.


DOCUMENTATION
I would have liked better docs, explaining the differences between the
vehicles.


LIKES AND DISLIKES
All in all this is a very well done game, I like the graphics and sound,
and the different sounds the tire makes on the different tracks. And of
course, the cool skidmarks.

What I didn't like was the rather sparse manual, but thats no big thing.

COMPARISON TO OTHER SIMILAR PRODUCTS
This game is similar to Super Off-Road. but much better.

BUGS
For all of us in the U.S. boot in pal


VENDOR SUPPORT
I've had no reason to contact Acid Software.

CONCLUSIONS
This is a nice game to add to your collection. I recommend buying it. I
think the user interface could use a bit more polishing as well. The
manual mentions the possibility of a full blown AGA version. For those of
us that own an AGA machine, to wait for an uncertain release, or buy it
now and get the AGA version if and when it comes out. Decisions, decisions.



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