What makes for a great car game? A fast-paced racer with lots of twists and turns? Or how about a top-down shooter full of explosive action? What about a top-down.... well driver? No guns, just driving in a straight line.. Should be easy right? Well, Numb Cars released in 2001 by Russian company Triumph Game Labs puts that theory to the test.
The aim of the game is to complete 5 stages of driving a straight course - each stage getting longer as you go. Sounds pretty easy doesn't it? But this game... it tempts you! It wants you to ram the other cars off the road, rewarding you points as you do so - but if you're in the wrong place, or take a chance with something bigger than you you'll quickly find it is you that has crashed and burned.
Graphics are good, movement is nice and smooth and there is a fantastic sound track - each stage has it's own music. Some nice physics going on too, when you bump another vehicle your rebound seems.. well, natural.
There's not an awful lot more I can really say about this game, it's small but nearly perfectly formed! The only grumble I actually have is you disappear when you ride the centre lines. Oh, and for added fun the main menu is a few lines of machine code... select the wrong one and your Speccy will reset!
A reasonably small game, but it does tempt you into taking some risks!
Download Numb Cars from World of Spectrum.