Where’s the magic? Review

Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour Info

genre

  • N/A

players

  • 1 - 4

Publisher

  • Eidos

Developer

  • N/A

Release Date

  • 01/01/1970
  • Out Now

Platform

  • DreamCast
  • PS

rating

Where’s the magic?

I love DisneyWorld, don’t you? All the magic and childhood wonder you’ve ever

experienced in your lifetime wrapped up into one gigantic theme park that will

never die. Ever. The whole Disney crew has been delighting fans both old and

new for ages, so what would make a better game than Disney Racing? You

know, people could become one of their favorite characters and drive around

the different attractions at Disney World. Kids would love it, grown-ups would

love it, and as long as it made money, Michael Eisner would love it.

It has taken a while for game companies to pick up this idea, but finally Eidos

has signed on to tackle this Disney dream racer. Sounds like child’s play, doesn’t

it? Well, apparently not.

Before you even start to race, you’ll notice a grievous error committed by

the designers. Where are the Disney characters?!? Let’s play a game. Name one

of the thirteen Disney characters in Eidos’ Walt Disney World Quest Magical

Racing Tour
. Nope, no Mickey… um, no Donald… no Goofy, either… no

Pluto and none of the other guesses you just made. In fact, there are only three

characters you might recognize: Chip, Dale, and Jiminy Cricket. The other ten

characters are just scabs, as the real Disney characters we know and love seem

to be on strike. Either that or they’ve had one too many shots of that pure

mouse liquor and weren’t cleared by the DMV to participate in the game. In any

case, it ought to be illegal to make a Disney game without a mouse, a duck,

or a man-dog-thing.

The graphical representation of Disney World isn’t too stellar, either. To

put it bluntly, the Dreamcast version of Disney Racing looks like the

Playstation one. While the textures are decent, characters and backgrounds are

often blocky and unrefined.

The camera also isn’t that great, offering up a mere three options. There’s

one angle “behind the vehicle,” one angle slightly behind the “behind the vehicle,”

and one showing the front of the car that makes absolutely no sense at all.

I like to call it the “deer vs. oncoming headlights” view, as you can see your

headlights and not much else. None of these angles work particularly well and

an angle that is able to show more of what is coming up would have been very

welcome.

On a positive note, Disney Racing moves along at a blazing pace. It’s so fast that you barely have time to sit back and enjoy all of the familiar Disney scenery that you cruise through. Races are fast and furious and you’ll need to keep your eyes glued to the track at all times to keep ahead of the of the computer characters (who you’ve never heard of).

It

won’t be that hard, though, as the majority of the track layouts aren’t very

difficult to negotiate. Most of them are very direct, with shortcuts that really

aren’t that short.

Beating the others racers isn’t difficult. It just takes half a brain and

plenty of weapon pick ups to send your opponents back to the hellish drawing

board from whence they came. These weapons are your run of the mill kart items

with the exception of the ‘frog spell’ that will magically transform your opponents

into a mystery animal. (*nudge, nudge, wink, wink*). Still, it really all comes

down to one weapon – the acorns, baby.

Despite all its faults, Disney Racing does contain some small redeeming

details. For starters, vehicles are track specific. Head over to Big Thunder

Mountain and you’ll drive a train-kart. Over at Space Mountain, you’ve got a

rocket-kart. At the Pirates of the Caribbean track, there’s even a pirate ship-kart.

This feature is a nice little aesthetic touch to keep in the whole theme park

theme going.

Then there’s the music. This is where you’ll find the best little goodie of

the entire game. Disney Racing contains a boatload of familiar tunes

from “It’s a Small World” to “Yo, Ho! Yo, Ho!” It’ll have you singing along

in no time. Just be careful not to piss off your next door neighbors like I

did.

Overall, Disney Racing is a ho-hum title that definitely doesn’t do

the Disney name any justice. If you’re a Disney fan, look for something else.

After all, what’s Disney without the mouse? On the other hand, if you’re willing

to overlook the absence of the main characters, have a really open mind about

kart games and are under the age of ten, you’ll probably enjoy this one.





REVOLUTION REPORT CARD

2
Rating
Really, really fast!
Familiar Disney tunes.
Where are the Disney characters?
Bad camera
Too easy
So-so graphics