Road Trip Adventure

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Road Trip Adventure (Road Trip)
Road Trip Adventure cover art.jpg
Developer(s) E-game
Publisher(s) Takara (Japan)
Sonokong (South Korea)
Conspiracy (North America)
Play It (Europe, Australasia)
Designer(s) Etsuhiro Wada
Series Choro Q series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Playstation 3 - February 15, 2012 on PlayStation Store
Release January 10, 2002 (Japan)
October 26, 2002 (U.S.)
May 2003 (Europe)
Genre(s) Racing / Adventure
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Road Trip Adventure, also known as Road Trip or Choro Q HG 2, is a racing adventure video game for the PlayStation 2 developed by E-game (but commonly credited to Takara). The game was released in 2002 in Japan by Takara, in North America by Conspiracy Entertainment, and in 2003 in Europe and other PAL regions by Play It.

The game combines elements from racing and adventure games, and is widely considered to be the best of the Choro Q series due to its large seamless world which the player can freely explore. The game takes place in a world where there are only cars and no people. Road Trip Adventure was released on the PlayStation Store for the PS3 on February 15, 2012 as part of the PS2 Classics release but was not released on the American PSN.

Story[edit]

A typical piece of adventure gameplay.

When you start a new game in Adventure Mode, after the player chooses their name and currency a scene appears where the President says that he will organize a World Grand Prix, where the winner would become President themselves. After that you are transported to a Q's Factory (place where the player changes everything in your cars from wheels to engines). This Q's Factory is located in Peach Town, a gentle classic-styled city. The main goals of the game are to become President and to get all the stamps. Stamps are earned by doing other cars favors such as deliveries or simply by visiting houses and also by completing mini-games. A secondary goal is completing your picture album. To take pictures you have to visit a Quick-Pic Shop appearing on the map with a black mark. After you take the picture, the owner (always a pink Toyota Vitz) will tell you where the next shop is located. The player must also, as another secondary objective, collect all 100 of the Choro Q coins located in every city (with the exception of Cloud Hill) around the world. Each of the cities contains a bar, where the owner will tell the player where to find the coins. Another goal is completing "My City", your own city. To complete it, you must talk to many different cars in all the towns and sometimes they will ask you if you know somewhere to start a new life or to build their shops. After the city is completed, you should have, besides regular houses, a school, a Fire Department, a police station, and four factories (a Q's Factory, a Body Shop, a Parts Shop and a Paint Shop), among others. To qualify for the World Grand Prix, you must have two teammates and a Class Super A License. To acquire teammates, simply talk to other cars; if they can be recruited, they may ask you to consider allowing them to join your team. However, you must have won your first race before cars that will be your teammate will make you an offer. Of course, your teammates' qualities also depend on the parts you give them.

Gameplay[edit]

Economy[edit]

At the start of the game, you are asked to specify a name for the currency used in the game. Money is a large factor in Road Trip Adventure. It is used to trade parts and deposit in banks, and to advertise. To win money, you can race, sell parts and advertise. There are five shops where you can advertise, the coffee shop in Peach Town (10 of your currency per km), a noodle restaurant in Fuji City (20 of your currency per km), a cake shop in Sandpolis (30 of your currency per km), a wool shop in White Mountain (40 of your currency per km) and a coconut shop in Papaya Island (50 of your currency per km). Each shop gives you some money for each kilometer you drive with their respective advertisement. You can also put one sign on each of your teammates.

Mini Games[edit]

There are around 20 mini games in Road Trip Adventure. Completing them inherits money, stamps and parts. These mini games include Soccer, Roulette and Drag Races.

Locations[edit]

The following is a list of cities in the Adventure Mode of the game in the order in which they are typically first encountered. The world in Adventure Mode, with the exception of Cloud Hill, is cyclic, meaning if one continues driving after all locations have been visited, one will return to the original location of Peach Town.

  • Peach Town - classic-themed small town with surrounding countryside

Street Style - tarmac/grass Race Tracks: Peach Raceway 1 and 2

  • Fuji City - Japanese-themed city

Street Style - earth Race Tracks: Ninja Temple Raceway, Temple Raceway

  • My City - Your own city to advertise

Street Style - tarmac Race Tracks: Endurance Run

Street Style - tarmac/earth Race Tracks: Desert Raceway, Night Glow Raceway

  • Chestnut Canyon - wood-themed town on top of a hill

Street Style - rock, earth Race Tracks: Miner 49er Raceway, Lava Run Raceway

  • Mushroom Road - mushroom-themed town in a forest; smallest city in the game

Street Style - mud, earth, tarmac Race Tracks: River Raceway, Slick Track, Oval Raceway

  • White Mountain - snow-themed and covered city

Street Style - earth, snow Race Tracks: Snow Mountain Raceway

  • Papaya Island - tropical island, reached by entering the ocean from White Mountain

Street Style - earth, sand Race Tracks: Lagoon Raceway, Sunny Beach Raceway

  • Cloud Hill - group of floating futuristic-themed islands connected by rainbows, accessible from a house in Papaya Island

Street Style - tarmac, metal Race Tracks: Tin Raceway

Reception[edit]

Road Trip has received positive reviews from critics. Road Trip has earned an average Metacritic score of 80,[1] being praised for its wide world to explore and great depth, but being criticized for its sound. GameZone praised the game's lifespan stating "there is never a lack of options to pursue in the game" but criticised the sound stating "the weakest portion of Road Trip [Adventure] is the sound." [2]

Soundtrack[edit]

In the US and European versions there are two radio stations to choose from. The Japanese version's radio feature is more extensive, featuring an additional station with voiced DJs.

The first station includes slight remixes of the following songs:

The second station consists of original, instrumental-only music composed for the game.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • GameSpot.com - summary, review, screenshots, walkthrough, and guides of Road Trip.