Make mine metal
After two levels I get to progress to a new planet where there are new cars to buy and new villains to race such as new Mojave's Roadkill Kelly who, in my imagination, would come across a lot like The Toecutter from Mad Max.
Rock'n'Roll Racing on the SNES is wonderfully simple to play. Drifting like a boss round corners is an easy pleasure even in an purple, alien isometric world. The tracks were all pretty straightforward with some ramps, bumps and sharp corners to negotiate. But avoiding getting shot while targeting my opponents is the real challenge. Two-player mode always ended in tears at my house with someone not getting enough points and being jeered at by the game itself: "Leave your loser friend behind?"
The commentator, Loudmouth Larry, shouts out casual quips at the ensuing bloodshed and gives this game some unique humour, screeching tires and explosions as cars are hit by different missiles make me feel like a real road warrior.
It may have lacked refinement but Rock'n'Roll Racing's alien theme, upgradeable vehicles, profound riffs and some downright violent gameplay makes it my most fondly remembered racing game and undeniably bad to the bone.
The end of daze
Developer Silicon & Synapse didn't do so badly for itself, either. It went onto to become, a year after Rock'n'Roll Racing's release, an outfit called Blizzard.
Can we have a 2012 remake with some Wolfmother, please? ®
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Developer Silicon & Synapse
Year of release 1993
Platforms SNES, Sega MegaDrive, GameBoy Advance
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As a young 'un...
I had saved up all my pennies for ages to buy Rock 'n' Roll Racing for the Sega Megadrive. when I had finally racked up the cash, I went to our local Woolworths only to find they didn't have it in stock. In one of the worst decisions I have ever made and still bugs me to this day, I bought another game instead of going home empty handed.
That game was Rise of the Robots, one of the biggest piles of cack that ever had the nerve to besmirch my Megadrive. When I finally got to play R 'n' R racing years later, I could not believe what I had missed out on (and buying ROTR instead stung all over again.)
is in another time zone!"
I was wondering when this awesome game was going to get some antique code show love. :-)
Rock 'n' Roll Racing remains my favorite racing game to this day. I'd love to see a remake, but I honestly don't see how they could improve on it other than by just updating the graphics. I'd be afraid of them ruining it with a remake.
One of the greats
This was one of my most played games of the SNES era, it was so simple to play, but so hard to fully master. Took me a while to beat, but it was well worth the effort.
I must dig out my cart...
Couple of points, though:
If you used Olaf, you're a great big cheater! You had to hold down L, R and Select to get him. And he was a character from Lost Vikings...
There was a 3D sequel on the PS1. It was rubbish
Re: This game cost me a fortune!!
I still play this bad boy at least once a week on my (cough) softmodded xbox running amongst others the snes emulator. Sometimes tempting to google the cheat codes though and roar round the tracks tooled up to the hilt!