Hot Wheels Extreme Racing
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Hot Wheels: Extreme Racing cover art (PAL version)
The basic gameplay is similar to most racing games. You control your car in order to get around the tracks as fast as possible. By collecting pickups you obtain new properties, such as nitro boosts, oil slicks, projectiles and other weapons. The computer controlled cars can also collect pickups, and the game is quite violent every time the vehicles attack each other with their weapons. The game contains a total of 12 stages, of which 12 are simply reversed versions of the first twelve.
In Hot Wheels Extreme Racing the vehicles have the ability to transform into four different element types: land, water, air, and all-terrain. And in transformation the body of the car stays normal while the side of the car "grows" wheels, wings or fins. The stages are divided into different parts, each designed for a specific vehicle. The parts are separated by a "transformation portal". When you drive though such a portal the vehicle will change into another type.
Hot Wheel Extreme Racing features four game modes: Championship, Arcade, Time Trial and Multiplayer. In Championship mode you race against three other computer controlled cars in one of the available cups. There are six Cups, Easy, Medium, Hard, Rev.Easy, Rev.Medium, and Rev.Hard. Each cup contains four stages. Points are given according to placement, and after all stages a winner is appointed. By winning a cup you can unlock hidden Cheat Code, such as new vehicles, and more cups. You can choose from 8 different vehicles. 3 are available on start, the rest must be unlocked by completing tasks such as completing cups.
Arcade mode allows you to choose one of the available tracks, and then race it against three other computer controlled cars. In time trial mode you race alone, and you must try to get the best time on each tracke.
The game also supports a multiplayer mode that allows up to four players to race against each other, using a multitap device. The multiplayer tracks are not the same as the single player tracks. There are a total of 12 multiplayer tracks.
The game was originally based on the Hot Wheels: Mechanix car models, and the environments were playgrounds where kids had build imaginary raceways, such as a track modeled in a sandbox. However, in the middle of production the producers decided to change the target group and the whole game got a more mature look and feel. The cars were also changed to ordinary Hot Wheels cars, although the idea of cars transforming into different shapes was kept.