|Posted by SheldonRandoms on December 12, 2017 at 6:05 PM|
Eshop guru SheldonRandoms here, and today, I'm driving inside of a car of nostalgia in 80's Overdrive. Back in the day, many arcade hits consisted of arcade-style racers, with many putting you behind a wheel into high action road racing adventure! As time went on, the genre naturally evolved with 3d graphics and more bits, as well as getting more competitive with items turned on. In 80's Overdrive, it's still the 80's, still a time where the arcades still used quarters and everyone wore leather jackets. I'm going to see if this racer is totally rad, or were the cars in the 80's grody to the max? Time to moter!
It's you in your car on the open road, blistering speeds as fast as your car can take you (and being well over the speed limit). Speed isn't everything, as you'll have to deal with sharp turns, roads spitting apart which narrows your driving lane, and traffic attack, including officers of the law, who will attempt to stop you (and only you oddly enough). Whatever obstacle that does get in your way, you'll be able to make sharp turns within a split second thanks to the tight controls of your car.
Once you insert your credit, you'll have three modes to pick from. The first mode being career mode, the world adventure part of this game. Career mode tasks you on a quest to become bad enough to go around the map and achieve the top standing, and become the best of the best. Having such a diesel title will require you to partake in races all around the globe, earning enough crowns to take top spot. More crowns will be awarded the better you do in a race, with the top spot netting you a total of three.
You'll start with a set amount of money that you can spend on starting cars, and from there, you'll have to take part in races to gain more cash to further upgrade or repair your car, or purchase a new one all together. For each race, you'll have to pay a fee to be able to compete, and the greater the fee, the higher the return will be. If at any time you run out of money and can't afford any fees, you'll have to take a chill pill and make some spare change by washing the cars of other racers. Randomly before the start of some races, a mysterious, shady man will present you with an optional mission, which varies from collecting VHS tapes or floppy disks (which i'm guessing are 80's artifacts), to revving up some road rash and ram into other drivers (One of them was to ram into “Marty”, I'm taking a guess the shady man's name is Biff).
If you're looking for a more classic, arcade-styled experience, time attack will cool out just for you. Here you're not racing against other racers, but instead the countdown from reaching zero, once it does, game over, yeah, that's what. To keep the time tickin', transitioning into another area and crossing the checkpoint will give you more time, to get more time on the road, passing close by other cars will give you a couple extra seconds depending on how close you are from narrowing colliding with other drivers. This mode is probably the best for picking up and playing, trying to go as far as you can and trying to drive into every crossroad that you can, because there is a lot to drive by, I mean, a lot on the map.
The last mode is the level editor, which sounds like what it is, a mode where you can create your own tracks, except it's not a maker you're thinking of. Creating a course in this level editor is basically setting amounts of turns and traffic, as well as the length of each course. You can save up to 20 of these custom tracks onto a floppy disk, but for easier sharing, each disk has a code that you can enter, and once entered, you're playing someones tubular course!
When driving on whatever course you're on, over a dozen music tracks from the era where dance music started to raise up from the broken glass shards of the shattered disco era await on your car's radio. These songs aren't really from the 80's, but they each have an 80's vibe to them, and at the start of each ride, you can select a song, as well as change it during a race like on a real car radio, but doing so would require you to let go of steering or accelerating, as the only way to do so is on the touchscreen. The music really fits with the 80's aesthetic look, which pops out when the 3D effect is turned on, giving the roads more depth without those red and blue glasses.
All and all, 80's Overdrive pays tribute to the games that inspired it, as well as the decade it came from. The level editor might not be as deep as it seems, but for fans of this spiffy era of old-school gameplay with it's retro graphics from the arcade and vector menus with it's bright lines going into some void, driving on the beach and feeling the passing breeze at speeds of over 88mph has never really went out of style, it's still in style now than ever before.
I give 80's Overdrive 9 VHS tapes out of 10!
Cost on the eShop: $9.99
Memory used: 345 blocks
Review code provided by: Insane Code