Game Review by Abasster
Game Rating = 3/5 Balls
Upon starting the New Star Grand Prix, a single player Formula One Championship racing game by New Star Games Ltd, players are shown a basic gray colored setup screen to choose language, screen resolution & size – hardly an invigorating start to a racing game. Consequently, electronic pop music will begin to play & the player is greeted with good contemporary 3-dimensional (3D) glossy imagery of a checkered flag, adorning a simple four button user interface.
The New Star Grand Prix is not a 3D graphics game at all. This game is entirely a 2-dimensional (2D) graphics game. The gaming view for the New Star Grand Prix is only a basic 2-dimensional top down’ view. Nonetheless, the 2D graphics are impressively well thought out. Water vapor & rain drops effects during rain, the smoke effects for car damages & etc makes the New Star Grand Prix game better looking than many 2D top down’ view racing games of the past, including Grand Theft Auto (1997). Hence, a point is given for attention to detail in the 2D graphics.
Starting in New Game’ mode will offer a player the choice of playing on rated teams. The best Formula 1 teams in this game have their own advantages in terms of handling, acceleration, & speed over the other low rated teams. Choosing to race for top teams like McFaren & Farrari will provide the player a distinct advantage over the competition. Yes, the spelling of the team names is different but their names are all too familiar, nonetheless.
In the Options menu, a player can choose to switch on or off the Pit Radio, Map, Fuel, Damage, Tyre Wear which will affect the game play. Damage’ being on will see the player’s car start to spew out black smoke after a few collisions with boundary walls & accidents with other cars. Despite it, any amount of damage can be easily fixed after going into the pit stop. This realism aspect of the game gives it another point.
Innovation & Creativity
In between the races, the player will be prompted to respond or be contacted by the Boss, Pit Crew, Fans, & Friends. Head over to the casino with them & make them happy. The Casino offers Blackjack, Roulette, & Fruit Machine for the player to burn the winnings or increase it. This is a unique feature of the game & provides an engaging experience for the player. Additionally, a player can choose to purchase luxury cars & property with enough finances.
The car handling is innovative too. Note that when it rains, racing will prove to be more difficult as the track becomes slippery & greater control over the car is required. Another innovative feature is the practice mode. New Star Grand Prix provides a ghost car that shows the optimal path for the player to refer to on the race track.
A creative choice for the player in this game is to click on the Editor’ at the initial user interface screen. This selection allows players to load tracks & maps, edit, create new tracks, & save them. Uniqueness & creativity factors in this game add another point.
Sound effects are good, similar to other racing games like MotoGP & Formula 1. The revving of the powerful F1 engines at the starting line, the metallic Thud’ when the car hits something, the sound of a thousand rain drops when it rains: all these sounds combined with the catchy electronic pop music by Dynamedion contributes to an overall fun gaming experience for the player.
The $9.99 price is reasonable for this sort of game & one’s purchase will be worth it. Windows & Mac versions of the New Star Grand Prix are available. Racing Formula One cars are fun in New Star Grand Prix even though it is without the encapsulating realism of high end 3D racing games. This game will provide bursts of 2D top down’ racing fun when required as soon as one clicks to start the game. Final rating is given a well deserved 3/5.
New Star Games created Grand Prix.