Wheelspin (video game)
Wheelspin, known as SpeedZone in the United States, is a futuristic racing video game for Wii, developed by British developer Awesome Play. The races take place on various terrains such as space stations, planets and asteroids. Only a few of the games are accessible at first, the rest are unlocked by achieving certain goals during games. There are 10 Solo tracks, 10 Race tracks and 10 Battle Arenas. The game was released in the US in July 2009 and is published in Europe by Bethesda Softworks.
Boost pads are used to accelerate 'into the zone' where racing lines and phantom cars are used in an attempt to set lap records, levels are unlocked by beating a set Zone-Time. There are shortcuts and secret pickups to be found with bonus rewards being earned by setting new best times. These bonus rewards can then be used to buy aerodynamic aids, various performance upgrades, new cars and skins which all help to give a speed increase when re-attempting levels.
A single pickup is added randomly during each race, this power-up transforms the car driven into a giant enemy robot, which does massive damage cars. While in control of the robot speed is greatly increased but maneuverability is drastically brought down and it becomes harder for other cars to overtake you.
In Race mode seven computer-controlled cars are competed against, unlocking levels by finishing in the top three or better. Finally there is Battle Mode which is a futuristic demolition derby; players can use an assortment of weapons such as rockets, mines, lasers, missiles, a lightning gun and a chain gun. There are also assorted defensive pick-ups such as shields, a stealth clock and shock-jumps.
Race and Battle modes allow up to eight simultaneous players (via split screen) and uses four Wii Remote units and any combination of four Classic Controllers, Nunchuks, Logitech Speed Force Wireless force feedback racing wheels and Nintendo GameCube controllers. The game is the first to use support up to four of the Logitech Speed Force Wireless Racing Wheels.
- YouTube video of gameplay (watch in HQ mode if possible)
- Game screenshots from the Detn8 website