Published on June 25th, 2015 | by Fifties
Vintage Video Games #9 – Micro Machines
In case you didn’t know, Micro Machines is a racing game based on a series of small, toy vehicles. If you were a child in the nineties, it is very likely you have played this! Released on basically every format possible (MS-DOS, NES, Amiga, Sega Mega Drive, SNES, Game Boy, PlayStation 2, Nintendo 64, Xbox and Sega Game Gear between 1991 and 2006.) it was probably one of the most popular games of it’s time.
Featuring tracks based on household settings: eg kitchen tables, the garden, pool table and desktops, they also feature obstacles in the form of household items risking the possibility of falling off the edge and being overtaken by your opponents.
The Plot: There isn’t really a plot to Micro Machines as such … where did these tiny cars and tiny people come from? Choose from 10 different characters: Spider, Bonnie, Jethro, Cherry, Emilio, Joel, Anne, Chen, Mike, Dwayne and Walter, race on 24 tracks with 9 different vehicles. The aim as with all racing games is to arrive at the finish line first. Shoving and shooting opponents off the track are both allowed and encouraged!
Highlights: The clever level design and attention to details in the graphics really, be it the track made of Cheerios in the kitchen level to sailing along on a lily pad in the garden! Playing as Spider of course – my favorite character who wouldn’t look out of place in Grease the movie.