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%% Skid Marks Review                                by Brian Salisbury %%
%%                                              BlakAder@csos.orst.edu %%
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PRODUCT NAME
   SKIDMARKS

BRIEF DESCRIPTION
This is a one or two 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 very from dirt, pavement, and snow.


DOCUMENTATION

I would have liked better docs, explaining the difference
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.