reviews and playing tips: Pocket PC games
Stuntcar Extreme by Fathammer Price:
$19.95 Reviewed February 2005 by Marc Morgan
There aren’t many racing games available for Palm and
Pocket PC, and most of them don’t have a storyline. Stuntcar
Extreme changes this. Stuntcar Extreme features
a “tongue in cheek” storyline, with many characters
to make the game interesting. Stuntcar Extreme features
6 tracks, and 20 cars to unlock to keep you busy. Unlike most
racing games, Stuntcar Extreme is about the stunt
points you earn, not money.
There are three modes of gameplay in Stuntcar Extreme:
Quick Race, Championship, and Multiplayer. Championship mode,
unlike other games, has the story in it. You will have to start
off by doing the “Friday Race Event” to earn stunt
points; otherwise the other characters will not race you. To
get a lot of stunt points, collect the letters scattered around
the tracks to get stunt multipliers when you do stunts. If
you tap on a character, you can either race them for points,
or race them for their car. If you have the stunt points, they
will race you, however, you will have to accomplish certain
goals such as winning the Friday Race Event three times, or
having a certain amount of stunt points to be able to challenge
them for their cars. Racing the other characters is the only
way to unlock cars, but tracks will be unlocked every once
and a while as the story progresses. Once you have enough stunt
points, you can try at the Stunt Cup. If you manage to win
the stunt cup, you will move on in your career, to a new location.
This system works well, and proves to be a great challenge.
In Quick Race mode, you get to race using the cars and tracks
you have unlocked in Championship mode. This is a great mode
to use to brush up your skills before racing in Championship
mode. In Multiplayer mode, you get to play against people using
other devices over Bluetooth. According to the Fathammer site,
it is cross-platform compatible, meaning you could play against
someone playing on any device with Stuntcar Extreme that
has Bluetooth. This is a great feature that could liven up
your day by playing against your friends!
Unfortunately, the controls in Stuntcar Extreme are
a little hard to master. You can steer by either using the
D-Pad or the Jog Dial on your device, which is easy to do.
The hard part is that the only way to accelerate, reverse,
or use the Nitro is to press on the buttons on the right of
your screen. I found that the most comfortable way to do this
is to use your thumbnail, which could be damaging for your
screen if you don’t have a screen protector. Maybe in
the future, Fathammer could include support for button mapping,
as it would be better for the screen on your Pocket PC. Other
than that, the controls would be great!
The graphics in Stuntcar Extreme are
simply stunning, and when added to the great gameplay, make
the game great! All the tracks are 3D, and are full of colors
and 3D obstacles for you to face. All the cars are 3D as
well, and when you put them in the 3D environment, you get
a game that looks spectacular. Also, the 80’s theme
is shown everywhere, from the menus to the tracks. The graphics
in Stuntcar Extreme are
breathtaking, and are the perfect addition to the gameplay.
Stuntcar Extreme features
both music and sound effects. The music works well with the
80’s theme, and really
adds to the overall game experience. The sound effects, such
as tires squealing, all have to do with racing, and add to
the racing atmosphere. The sound in Stuntcar Extreme adds
to the game well, and makes the game even more fun to play.
Overall, Stuntcar Extreme features
everything you would expect from a racing game and more!
The gameplay is awesome, the graphics are great, and the
sound is great as well! The storyline makes a great addition
to the gameplay, and is not often seen in a racing game.
If you’re looking for a
great racing game, and you want an actual storyline to go along
with the gameplay, then Stuntcar Extreme is right
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
The graphics in Stuntcar Extreme will
blow you away! They are some of the best 3D graphics I have
seen from a PDA game!
The sound in Stuntcar Extreme is
great, and adds to the gameplay experience well.
Stuntcar Extreme will become
one of your favorite games quickly, and you won’t stop
until you beat the game!
With all of the cars and tracks to unlock,
you’ll be hooked to Stuntcar for days!