Top Gear Rally

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Top Gear Rally
Cover art of Top Gear Rally
Developer(s)Boss Game Studios (Nintendo 64)
Vision Works (Game Boy Color)
Tantalus Interactive (Game Boy Advance)
Publisher(s)Nintendo 64
Game Boy Color
  • JP: Kemco
  • NA: Vatical Entertainment
  • EU: Kemco
Game Boy Advance
Composer(s)Barry Leitch
SeriesTop Gear
Platform(s)Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance
ReleaseNintendo 64
  • NA: October 1997
  • EU: November 1997
  • JP: December 5, 1997
Game Boy Color
  • NA: March 25, 1999[1]
  • JP: April 23, 1999
  • EU: 1999
Game Boy Advance
  • JP: July 25, 2003
  • NA: October 28, 2003
  • EU: October 31, 2003
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Top Gear Rally is a rally game for the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. The Game Boy Color version was released under the name Top Gear Pocket, although the European release uses the original name; the Game Boy Advance version was released in Japan under the game Top Gear Rally SP. It features five tracks. It has a feature that allows the user to give their virtual cars custom paint jobs. Although the name stayed the same, the developers changed between consoles. As a result, the games are very different depending on the platform, but they have similar features such as the paint shop.

Game versions[edit]

Nintendo 64[edit]

On the Nintendo 64, Top Gear Rally features a realistic physics model with functioning suspension. Road surfaces, including their imperfections, were modeled to give the player the feeling of actually driving a car.[2] The game has a single-player mode and a two-player mode via split screen.[3]

Each vehicle in the game differs from the others in terms of engine power, tire grip, suspension stiffness, steering tightness, and drive-train (such as front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive). Vehicles can be damaged, although the damage does not affect performance.

Neither Kemco nor Boss Games Studios had licenses to use real car names, though all the cars are modeled after real vehicles.

The game features a soundtrack consisting of music with roots in the trance genre. The electronic XM music was composed by Barry Leitch, who also worked on the prior Top Gear games for the Super NES. The Japanese and European releases of Top Gear Rally had a different title tune than the North American version. The Japanese and European releases utilized electronic music while the North American version was more mild and dramatic.


Top Gear Rally was also ported to the PC and released in 1999 as Boss Rally.

Game Boy Advance[edit]

The Game Boy Advance version has 3D graphics considered impressive for the system.[4] It was released in 2003.


The development team opted to limit the multiplayer mode to two players because simultaneous four-player racing would have forced them to compromise on either the draw distance or their target frame rate of 30 frames per second.[5]


Review scores
AllGameN/A3/5 stars[6]4/5 stars[7]
Game Informer8/10[12]6/10[13]8/10[14]
GameProN/AN/A4/5 stars[15]
GameSpy4/5 stars[18]N/AN/A
Next GenerationN/AN/A4/5 stars[29]
Nintendo Power3.7/5[22]5.1/10[23]7.5/10[24]
Aggregate scores

The Game Boy Advance version received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[28] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one seven, two eights, and one seven for a total of 30 out of 40.[11]

Next Generation reviewed the Nintendo 64 version of the game, rating it four stars out of five, and stated that "This is a fabulous off-road racer with tons of bonus cars, courses, and replay value to make it a keeper – second only to SF Rush on Nintendo 64."[29]



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  29. ^ a b "Finals". Next Generation. No. 37. Imagine Media. January 1998. p. 146.

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