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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Gremlin Graphics

Top Gear (AKA …) is a racing video game developed by Gremlin Graphics and published by Kemco for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1992. The goal is to become the fastest driver in the world by racing other drivers across several nations. The franchise is unrelated to the TV series of the same name.

Since this is one of the earliest Super Nintendo games, it’s not surprising that the graphics are not that impressive. They are quite simple and appear to have just a limited amount of colors. The background images change from one race to another, but it stays the same for an entire race. The side of the tracks also use the same signs. However, these things would not really bother you while you are playing. You will eventually just get used to it.

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Despite the aforementioned flaws in visuals, the graphics of Top Gear occasionally add a great touch to the game. You will encounter different weathers and terrains and also different times of the day. A certain track starts at night and then the sun will rise before the race ends. Your car’s headlights will light up while you race in the middle on the night.

The controls are quite simple. The movement of the car is quick to respond to the D-Pad. Because of this, you will enjoy zigzagging between your opponents. For manual driving, you can shift gears up and down using the L and R buttons. For faster speed, there is also a button for nitro, which you can use three times during a race.

You need to be strategic when playing Top Gear. Using the nitro requires perfect timing and you also have to check the fuel meter. This is why deciding on a slower or faster car is crucial. Fuel is not really an issue on slower cars, but you are more likely to stop at a pit if you use a faster car.

You can play a single player or a multiplayer mode. The screen is always split in half no matter the game mode you choose.

The sounds of the car engines are good, but the other effects sound inferior. However, the music is really great. The soundtrack is an enjoyable part of the game.

This game has old-fashioned graphics, but quite responsive gameplay. It is available almost anywhere at a low price, which is another reason for you to get it.