Not-Quite-Review: Nitro (Atari ST)

ST Format Review (Issue 18)

Equipment Used/Recommended

  • MiSTer box running the Atari ST core – a 1MB STE running TOS 1.62 – you can replicate this with the Steem emulator.
  • Any of Automation 377, Flame Of Finland 45, Pompey Pirates 61, SuperGAU 476/809, Vectronix 192/342/814
  • Speedlink USB Joystick

My Review

This game did not score well. 41% is a very very low score for ST Format, and yet generally I like this kind of game, so I thought I may as well give it a shot and let you, dear reader, know whether the game is actually decent, or a great big steaming turd.

So what is Nitro? Well, it’s a top-down racer, and we’ve seen a few of those over the years. My personal favourites of the genre are Supercars 2 (largely because it has oodles of charm between races), the Micro Machines games (because of the oodles of charm during races) and Death Rally (because it’s just a brilliantly-executed example of the genre).

Well that’s a nice picture of a car but it doesn’t tell us much about the game does it – as it happens it’s just a random picture which pops up before the game starts. No reason for it to be there, perhaps they thought it would look good in the adverts or that some reviewers might include it.

I mean it’s pretty I guess, the chap has a certain Chaos Engine vibe going on. The UI is quite odd though – surely there’s a better way than this?

So in ST Format it shows the 3 types of car side by side but actually what you get is this screen and you move the joystick left and right to flick between the cars with no information on what they do (thank god for reviewers).

Another random picture – no idea why it comes up.

And.. so this is the game then. I’m pretty sure I could make that in STOS. It’s sluggish, scrolling is exclusively vertical which rather limits the possibilities for the route, sound is god-awful chip rubbish, handling is dire, tracks are poorly designed (too narrow in places) and.. yeah honestly don’t bother with this one.

The Verdict

Sometimes you should listen to reviewers. ST Format were correct, this is a turkey. Next up, Badlands.

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