Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Shine On, Racing Moon

Moonshine Racers is, unfortunately, not a very fun game. Maybe it was better back in the day, but that certainly isn't apparent from my time with it. It controls atrociously - slightly better with a pad, but still pretty much unplayable. Obstacles appear from nowhere without giving you any time to avoid them. Your vehicle handles like a deep-sea oil tanker scraping its way along the road. The music's kind of fun in a Dukes of Hazzard style, and the banter between the boys is amusing for the first few minutes, but the driving experience is just terrible. While you're caroming your way across along the road, you're also being chased at times by the police. When this happens, you're dead. The police car will zoom up behind you, completely unavoidably, and ram you a couple of times causing your engine to explode. I can only think that I'm missing something, that once upon a time the handling was better and it was easier to avoid cars, obstacles and the chasing police. As it is, the game's almost completely unplayable, which is a shame as there are apparently more cars and vehicle upgrades that you can buy when you get further into it. I also quite like the idea of racing one long route, rather than track-based racers, which I find a tad tedious. Alas, it just wasn't to be. Onwards!

Next up on the randometer is...Rising Lands! Looks like an RTS game, but I don't know anything about it. Might be a nice change of pace ... and it's another Win 95 game that doesn't run properly. It actually does run without crashing, but it runs at about 250% speed and is impossible to control. Pity, as it looked like it might have been quite fun. If there were just some options to control the scroll speed then it may have been slightly playable, but as it is I can't get any further than building a barracks and watching all my farmers get murdered without even being able to see what's attacking them. I tried a couple of fixes, but nothing seemed to work. Apparently there is a patched version out there somewhere, but I don't have the energy to find it.

Next up on the randometer is...AV-8B Harrier Assault! Ugh, another flight sim. Ah well, I'll give it a quick go. Might just have a look tonight then move on. Keen to have something I can actually complete!

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And I'm almost relieved to report that it doesn't work. My version won't run or install. Onwards - quickly before anyone suggests I try and redownload it. Next up on the randometer is...Always Sometimes Monsters! I've actually played a bit of this not that long ago. I think it's quite short, so might be something I can actually play through and finish.

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