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Game #2933
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Power Drive    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Sport   Racing

Rating: 8.57 (40 votes)

Power Drive box cover

Power Drive screenshot
A fun cartoonish rally game that emphasizes quick fun over realism, Power Drive from Game Refuge offers a nice variety of tracks, cars, and reasonable car physics to keep rally fans happy.

The tracks are one of the game's highlights. You'll race against the timer or an opponent doing three-, four-, and five-lap races in any of the many race types. One cool feature is the Skills Tests: whenever you finish a country, you'll be faced with the challenge of completing one of these before you can move on. These add a great variety to the game and allow you to do something besides laps. Similar to Micro Machine and other arcade-style racers, there are plenty of power-ups scattered throughout the tracks. These can earn you cash, stop the timer, or put some distance between yourself and the computer cars.

Graphically, the game is more than adequate in a cartooney style. Nothing that really stands out, but with a lot of nice details, especially the scenery. You might even catch a dead antelope lying on the road, for example. Weather effects are nicely modeled: flip up dirt and watch the snow fly around as you powerslide through and icy corner. Sound effects are a bit sparse, but adequate. Music, on the other hand, is excellent.

The control scheme is very intuitive, and the game is reasonably realistic even with its arcade slant. In snow, for example, your car will slide around, and you will have a hard time getting back on track if you've slipped into sand. Overall, Power Drive is not a classic by any means, but well worth a look by fans of arcade racers and rally sports alike. Recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Brian Colin & Jeff Nauman
Developer: Game Refuge
Publisher: US Gold
Year: 1994
Software Copyright: Game Refuge
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Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Rally-Sport, Terep 2, GeneRally

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