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Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« on: December 21, 2004, 09:33:31 am »
Former (and current) Amiga users will no doubt remember "Skidmarks" and "Super Skidmarks" - the above-view racing games in which players raced around tracks in Minis, F1 cars, bananas and cows. Still great fun, they are neither easy to get running on modern machines or take advantage of the Internet for multiplayer gaming.

In comes "Turbo Sliders", a shareware game from Jolly Good Games. In the same vein as the aforementioned Amiga games, "Turbo Sliders" pits the player against up to nineteen other people (no computer-controlled players here - it's multiplayer only), racing around various tracks in various cars. It's simple but nonetheless very, very addictive.

It comes in two flavours: Windows and Linux. The version that I've tried is the latter, and it ran perfectly on my Slackware 10 box (once I'd set the permissions on the files correctly...)


Whilst the graphics may not reflect the current state of art images in other games, they are more than functional. Not that this matters whatsoever: "Turbo Sliders" is all about gameplay, and it has this in bucketloads. I have not had so much fun in an above-view racing game since "Skidmarks". The key to the game is the sliding, hence the name. The game comes with six different cars (and many more can be downloaded), but even the car named an "Easy Slider" is anything but - for the novice at least. At first it feels as if the track is coated in ice, but whilst this may be overcome quickly, becoming really quick is another matter.


"Turbo Sliders" has a thriving online community that races in tournaments and designs new cars and tracks. Understandably, in my opinion, as the game is really that good. The demo version is the same as the full version, apart from the fact that only a couple of tracks are available and additonal caars and tracks cannot be downloaded. Until the end of December 2004, the game is only US$12.95 (as opposed to US$19.95). If you have problems, the game's author, Antti Mannisto, responds quickly and helpfully to emails.

What else can I say? Get the demo, then get the full version. You won't regret it - hell, you'll even leave your arcade cabinet alone for a while...

*****/5 stars.

P.S. Australians and New Zealanders, if you like it, let's get a local league together, so that we don't have to fight net lag. Message me if you are interested.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2004, 09:38:49 am by captainpotato »

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2004, 09:40:18 pm »
excellent find mr potatohead(lol). I DO remember the amiga version, and this is just as much fun. Thanks, great find!

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2004, 08:11:12 am »
I'd say that it's even more fun as it's multiplayer. The only thing missing are the Mini Coopers, although maybe somebody has done a model of them as well - I haven't checked.

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2004, 12:32:42 am »
Looks like slick'n'slides form the old PC days.

Edit:  IT IS THE MODERN VERSION
http://www.mobygames.com/game/shots/gameId,855/
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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2004, 08:48:56 am »
Sorry - never occurred to me to mention that. As an Amiga user up until about 2001, I've never seen Slick'n'Slides (but I'll have to find it now, especially if it has single player options...)

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2004, 07:08:34 pm »
back in the DOS days when I had slick n slides my sister and I would play.  It;s just the 4 arrow controls.  You have to look at the version you get, the early versions just had cars, the later version had a car, a truck, and a motorcycle.

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2005, 10:21:19 pm »

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2005, 07:59:51 am »
A quick update - there is a new version that's just been released, which fixes some bugs under Linux.

After the time since I wrote the review, I still rate it as highly :)

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2005, 04:17:20 pm »
This game is officially addicting!

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2005, 11:59:14 am »
I'm going to have to give this a 4/5 for two reasons. 
1) Is there are some things you can't remap, the whole hitting esc to continue goes against a button that would normally be labelled at quit.
2) It needs multiplayer.  So unless you play with someone else OR have a wired cabinet it is boring.

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2005, 01:05:04 pm »
Umm, it is multiplayer.

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2005, 11:41:55 am »
What he meant is that you can't play it alone so if you don't have a networked cab you're SOL.

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2005, 12:58:01 pm »
Although you can't play against the computer, you can play against other local players.  I set mine up so 4 people can play simultaneously on my arcade machine.

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2005, 01:35:20 am »
Yes, that is what I meant.  You have to play multiplayer.  No single player action.  If you want to play on the net your cabinet needs to have internet access.

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Re: Turbo Sliders: 5/5 stars
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2005, 02:45:24 pm »
1.0.6 now has AI players.