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Screamer (DOS)

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Written by  :  Trixter (8734)
Written on  :  Dec 28, 1999
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Raucous arcade racing fun.

The Good

Screamer is an appropriate title for this arcade racer, which relies on physics-defying maneuvers like power-sliding to beat the computer opponents (or the clock). Many a race have I completed sliding through the finish line sideways because it was at the end of a curve.

The announcer is hilarious. I don't know who he's supposed to represent but he talks--no, yells--directly to you with things like "What happened out there?", "Go! GO! GO!!", and "LOSER!"

The graphics engine is very fast; 15fps and higher gameplay is guaranteed on 486 machines at 320x200, and this is a full textured world we're talking about. There's even the reflection of the current environment in the cars' windshields thanks to some quick environment mapping. There are some quality tradeoffs (there is no perspective-correction to speak of), but they're unnoticable when racing at high speeds.

The Bad

The sound effects are great, but the music was not as impressive as it should have been for a title with this much energy. Just my humble opinion... Also, the sound card support was a bit buggy; it took some wrangling in the setup to find a card/setting that worked with a standard Sound Blaster 16.

The VESA 640x400 mode is so rediculously slow on all systems that one wonders why it was ever included as an option. (Carmageddon's 640x480 VESA support brings back similar unpleasant memories.)

The Bottom Line

Screamer is a great game to play when you don't want to waste quarters at the arcade but do want to increase the flow of adrenaline throughout your body.