Micro Machines (video game series)
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|Developers||Codemasters, Big Red Software, Merit Studios, Mindscape, Supersonic Software, Atari|
|Publishers||Codemasters, Camerica, Ocean Software, Midway, THQ, Atari|
|First release||Micro Machines
|Latest release||Micro Machines V4
27 June 2006
Micro Machines is a series of computer and video games featuring toy cars, developed by Codemasters and published on several platforms (including Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, PlayStation 2 and Sega Game Gear) between 1991 and 2006. The series is based on the Micro Machines toy line of miniature vehicles.
Micro Machines games feature tracks based on household settings: for example, kitchen tables and desktops. The tracks also contain obstacles in the form of household items; often the possibility of falling off the track is a hazard in itself.
The game series has not seen another entry since the 2007 release of Micro Machines V4.
Micro Machines on the Nintendo Game Boy
|Developer(s)||NES, GG, MD, SMS & CD-i
Big Red Software
GG, MD, SMS, DOS & CD-i
SNES & GB
Released in 1991 on the NES and 1993 on other formats as an unlicensed cartridge, the first game in the series laid the foundation of the gameplay: a top-down racing game with miniature vehicles. The race tracks are unconventionally themed. For example, some races take place on a billiard table while others occur in a garden. The cartridge itself was gold (black in Europe) with a switch at the bottom in order to be compatible with the American and European hardware. It was also released as an add-on to the Aladdin Deck Enhancer created by Codemasters.
The game was ranked the 14th best game of all time by Amiga Power, while Mega placed the game at #10 in their Top Mega Drive Games of All Time. MegaTech gave the game 92% and a Hyper Game award.
Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament
|Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament|
Micro Machines 2 as a J-Cart
Codemasters (GG, SNES & GB)
Ocean Software (SNES & GB)
|Release date(s)||Sega Mega Drive & MS-DOS
Micro Machines 2 featured cars that require different handling techniques for each course and also hovercraft and helicopters. There are different playing modes including "head-to-head", in which each player earns points by driving a full screen ahead of the opponent. The PC version featured a track editor.
A selling point for the Sega Mega Drive versions was the J-Cart, a cartridge including two control ports, thus eliminating the need for a 4-player adaptor. It also included a 'pad-sharing' feature which allowed 2 players to share a single joypad; thus it enabled 8 players to compete simultaneously, on certain tracks.
TV presenter Violet Berlin features as a playable driver.
Micro Machines Turbo Tournament '96
|Micro Machines Turbo Tournament '96|
Only released in Europe for the Sega Mega Drive, this is an updated version of Micro Machines 2 that featured new tracks combined with some updated tracks from Micro Machines 2. It also featured a track construction kit previously included in the MS-DOS version of Micro Machines 2. The game is developed by Supersonic Software.
Micro Machines Military
|Micro Machines Military|
Only released in Europe for the Sega Mega Drive, this game features all new tracks and military vehicles. These vehicles feature weapons enabling the player to attack opponents. The game is developed by Supersonic Software.
Micro Machines V3
|Micro Machines V3|
North American PlayStation cover art
Game Boy Color
Micro Machines V3 featured 3D-graphics and 8-player multiplayer matches. It was released in March 1997 for the PlayStation and later in 1998 for PC. It featured circuits in different areas of the household and had multiple weapons; it also included the controller share multiplayer option. The PlayStation version would eventually go on to become a Platinum title in the PAL Region.
Micro Machines 64 Turbo
|Micro Machines 64 Turbo|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Micro Machines 64 Turbo is a port of Micro Machines V3 for the Nintendo 64, with added extras.
Up to 8 people can play simultaneously using what is called Pad Share, where one person uses one side of the controller, steering with the Directional pad, while the other player uses the four C-buttons. The vehicles accelerate automatically in these modes. An official micro machines vehicle was packaged with each copy.
Micro Maniacs is a racing game that takes an unconventional step considering it a near spin-off as part of the series by replacing the vehicles by running characters, though they occasionally use vehicles for certain tracks, such as jet-skis, skate-boards or even bees. It also features 3d graphics and up to 8-player multiplayer games. The 12 available characters each have different special attacks.
Micro Machines (2002)
This version featured advanced graphics as well as characters having unique vehicles. Though it adhered as closely as possible to the original formula, something was said to have been 'lost in the translation'. This may be because it is the only Micro Machines game not published by Codemasters, but instead by Atari.
Micro Machines V4
The true sequel to V3 features over 25 tracks, 750 vehicles and a track editor, although the track editor is not present in the PSP or DS versions. Tracks also feature new settings such as a supermarket or swimming pool. The game was developed by Supersonic Software Ltd.
The games received critical acclaim, being regarded as some of the most fun racing games and one of the few good licensed video games. The cover for the first game claims that one review magazine gave the game 97%.
- VS. Racing 2 - a similar racing game with a top-down perspective made for iOS in 2012.
- Table Top Racing - a similar racing game involving racing toy cars in household environments, released for iOS in 2012.
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