TM: TrackMania
+ Power Up! Expansion Pack

Format: PC
Digital Jesters

5 060074 850104
Age Restrictions: 3+
18 November 2003

Using a simple editor, players can let their imaginations run wild and build their own crazy tracks, modifying them block-by-block, to create complex and spectacular race circuits. Then, when the tracks are completed, players can test their creations in real-time, and experience all the fun and excitement of high-speed racing...

I suppose you could compare TrackMania to a computerised version of Scalextrix - only cheaper, easier to construct and much, much more fun. In fact, it's probably the equivalent of a rollercoaster/Scalextrix hybrid.

What's really cool about this game, when compared to other race games, is that racing isn't really the point at all. Building whacky course with cool, overly long, ramps and twisting track is the order of the day.

This release also comes complete with the Power Up! Expansion Pack. This allows you to construct underground tunnels as well playing the new survival solo mode game.

The only real problem with this game was the in-game sound and music. It could have been a lot better - you're probably better advised to stick in a decent CD in your stereo and playing that instead. Also a few more cars would have added greatly to the gaming experience.

What other race game allows you to construct your own circuits? One thousand times better than digging your old Scalextrix set out from the loft.

Pete Boomer

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