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UNIRACERS: RETRO REVIEW

Released: December 1994

Developer: DMA Design

Publisher: Nintendo

WHAT IS UNIRACERS?

Uniracers is a racing game for the Super Nintendo. In Uniracers the player is an unmanned unicycle that races through a set track consisting of loops, ramps, twists and turns trying to reach the finish line as fast as possible. Uniracers has a single player mode where you race against A.I. racers as well as a two-player mode where you can challenge friends. May the best Uniracers win!

ARE YOU FAST ENOUGH?

In single player mode, you choose from sixteen coloured unicycles based on your preference since all play the same. There are four tours to choose from at first with four visible unlockable tours once the first tours are mastered. Each tour is made up of five tracks with two races, two circuits, and a stunt track. A hidden ninth tour becomes available once all eight are beaten, with extremely difficult races waiting.

Uniracers Retro Review

IT’S “TRICKY” TO ROCK A UNICYCLE

Your Uniracer can perform tricks while airborne, this is done by hitting any of the face or shoulder buttons. If landed properly, you are given a burst of speed. Doing multiple tricks will result in even more of a boost. Wipe outs will put your racer back to regular speed. So remember to keep your wheel down as you fall back to the track.

UNI-RACE A FRIEND

In Uniracers two player mode, you play against friends on individual tracks or on entire tours. A horizontal split screen shows player one on top and player two on the bottom with a race to the finish line. Stunt tracks are extra fun by trying to out stunt each other within a set time limit.

IN CONCLUSION

Uniracers is a great game with awesome music and fun stunt and racing mechanics. A challenging single player mode will keep players engaged, and a multiplayer mode that will have competitive friends challenging each other over and over. Uniracers will have a special place in any retro gamers collection.

Author: Tom aka The Fobiwan!

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Retro Review: ActRaiser

Released: December 16, 1990 DeveloperQuintet  Publisher: Enix

What is ActRaiser?

ActRaiser is strange gem among the vast Super Nintendo library. ActRaiser takes two different styles of games and smashes them together. Side scrolling platformer and top down strategy like Sim City. At first it seems like a strange combination, though it works very well. You drop into the platformer to fend off boss monsters, then return to the top down to help the people grow there society. 

Want To Play God?

The top-down segments play very much like Sim City. You direct the people on where to build their settlement while fending off creatures trying to destroy the settlement. You play as a fallen angle there to help ward off the evil monsters that have had control over the land. You have a set of abilities and commands that help you along, like creating lightning to burn down trees, bushes, and destroy rocks. The main objective in the top-down segment is to expand the village, level up, and seal off all the monster spawn points. It is very rewarding gameplay, as well as entertaining. While the people are building you are fighting off the monsters that spawn in the overworld with your heavenly bow. This keeps the game entertaining by eliminating the “sit and wait” you have in Sim City.

Platforming

The side-scrolling segments of ActRaiser consist of platforming and fighting monsters. The levels flow well, and the controls are tight. I feel like an entire platforming game would have been among one of the best on the SNES. At the end of the level you will encounter a boss monster that is keeping the village of the over world from growing. You must defeat the boss for the story to continue. But worry not, the boss fights are not overly intense but deliver the right amount of challenge.  After beating the boss, you can move back to the overworld to see what awaits you next.

In Conclusion

ActRaiser is simply one of the better games in the Super Nintendo lineup. It is an interesting combination of game genres, with great gameplay that keeps you engaged. If you have never played ActRaiser I strongly suggest trying it out. You can find the game at a decent cost on Amazon, or, find another way to play it, if you know what I mean. Overall this game gets an A out of 13.5.