Street Duel: Underground Racing By: Pixelogic Price:
Reviewed September 2004 By: Marc Morgan
Street Duel: Underground Racing is a racing
game from Pixelogic, the company that brought you The Italian
Job for Playstation. Street Duel is their first Pocket
PC game. Street Duel is similar to the Playstation 2 game Midnight
Club: Street Racing.
The object of the game is to complete 32
missions, each one with a different objective. Objectives range
from racing other cars to racing through checkpoints against
the clock to knocking over pylons. Sometimes, when you complete
a race against another car, you unlock the player’s car.
Unfortunately, you can only use that car on certain missions.
There is no time trial mode.
Since the game is played in a landscape view,
the D-pad of your device is on the left. You use the D-pad
to control the direction of the device. If you have a jog dial/switch
on the side of the device, you can use that to steer too. Because
the left side of the device is used for steering, it would
be impractical for you to have to use the hardware buttons
to accelerate the car or brake. Pixelogic has put in three
virtual buttons to use on the left side of the screen. One
problem I found was that using the virtual buttons leaves fingerprints
on the right side of the screen. I decided to use the hardware
buttons to accelerate and steer, and the jog switch to steer.
The game was comfortable to play this way.
Street Duel has 3D cars, buildings, and other
objects. The graphics are crisp and everything is easy to see
on the Pocket PC screen. The car itself has brake lights that
light up when you press the brake button and skid marks are
left when you turn at high speeds. Also street lights that
are lit up when standing go out when they fall. Also, the game
offers a slider to control the drawing distance, the further
the distance, the more realistic the game seems, but if you
have a slower device, a closer distance improves speed.
There are four different audio tracks in
the game, and I found them to be catchy. They do get somewhat
repetitive, but for a Pocket PC game, they’re good. There
are also sound effects if you crash, your tires squeal, the
engine revs, or if you win a race. In the menus, if you select
something it makes a “blip” sound. You can also
control the volume in the game.
Overall, this game is worth the $19.99. It’s
a great racing title with the theme of street racing, has good
music and sound effects, and is really fun. If you like titles
such as Midnight club, you will love this game. Ladies and
Gentlemen, start your engines!
Tips and Hints
On tight turns, slow down.
Usually competing cars have a set route
of where they drive.
Look in every corner for objects.