Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Motor Massacre


Motor Massacre was released by Gremlin Graphics and feels like a wicked mix of a number of my favourite games. The action takes place in a grim post-apocalyptic future where each city is suffering from the devastation of war and resembles something like a Mad Max movie. All food stores were destroyed in the holocaust and people were starving until Doctor A. Noid came up with a food substitute called "SLU" to help the waning populous. Hmm...

Why are these masterminds always qualified doctors? Anyhow, it was all a trick because SLU tastes like poo and turns the people into crazed zombies! So it's up to you to rescue the city from its psychotic drivers, explore buildings, and then battle in a demolition derby event to ultimately find the doctor and end this misery. Yes, Motor Massacre is actually more than one single game: the cities are explored from the comfort of your ATV in a top-down fashion similar to Chicago 90 or Nitro. Enter buildings and it changes to something like a Time Bandit or Gauntlet.

  
Pandys Pork Palace sounds better than it is but later we can shove cars into the dark oblivion.

Driving around the city is tremendous fun as you are free to roam the streets, blasting away at anyone who might get in the way. All other drivers are out for blood and want you dead by means of their silly road rage antics so it's a good job your vehicle is fitted with a cannon to defend yourself. Use it to blast the suckers into oblivion but always watch out for hazards such as oil spills and explosives carelessly left lying in the road. Do note the gun turrets which line many streets and are annoyingly highly accurate.

An interesting "mechanic" is how your vehicle's appearance alters the more damage it endures, so I'm grateful the holocaust didn't destroy the repair shops which also offer a wide range of other services like fuel, weapons, and ammo. The mechanic working here scares me, but I like his T-shirt! There are some more places and these offer a good opportunity to collect goods like weapons and health, so look out for their location using the road markings (Pandy's Pork Palace is available right from the start and contains a handy ATV upgrade).

  
That mechanic is so freaky but we need him because the roads are terrible in the future!

However, you will soon discover that these places are also thriving with ghouls and odd creatures lurking in the shadows - but you are armed with a pistol - so shoot first and ask questions later! Keep searching these places and you should find the arena pass to a demolition derby event where you battle foes by pushing them down into a chasm of instant death. Success grants you access to the next city...

At heart, this is a pretty basic game with crude graphics and jerky scrolling to match. However, I must admit being mightily impressed with the animation of the little running men, reminds me of Impossible Mission. Sadly, the sound effects are just as poor as the visuals but, let's be honest, when did aesthetics matter to gameplay? Motor Massacre is bursting at the seams with fun and I really enjoyed zipping around the city looking for my next victim. Sure, it should have been technically far better but it's still an addictive game and one I've really enjoyed. Play this.

Mel Gibson wannabes can download this floppy disk and tear up the roads like Mad Max!

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