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Magical Racing Tour is a better-than-average kart title in the midst of way too may kart titles in the market. It nails down just about everything in the right places, and is definitely worth a look if you are interested in the genre.
Despite the considerable amount of work that has gone into Magical Racing Tour, it shoots itself in the foot on several counts. When I reviewed it some time ago on the PlayStation I gave it an overall rating of 8/10, pointing out that it has Disney's inimitable charm, but it was let down slightly by its difficulty level and sound issues. Further on in the year, much better alternative racers are starting to appear, and as such it's harder to recommend than it was. The graphics are definitely an improvement on the PlayStation version though, and the multiplayer is still good, harmless fun, so ultimately I'm going to give it the same rating. Check it out if you don't own the PlayStation version and have a yearning for a Mario Kart-a-like.
In the sound department, engine noises and character effects are unmistakably Disney, while the music is out of this world. Wonderful renditions of It's a Small World; Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me; and Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah await those who play the game. Of special mention is the theme for the Rock & Roll Roller Coaster stage, which somehow seems to effectively blend the sounds of Metallica and Yanni without resulting in nausea. Where Infogrames' Wacky Races failed to capture the true essence of its license, Eidos' Magical Racing Tour succeeds at delivering the emotion and heart of its Disney characters. It's also a pretty good racing game.
Et puis il faut avouer que ce style de jeu est plutôt sous-représenté sur Dreamcast, ce qui fait de Magical Racing Tour le premier et le meilleur soft de sa catégorie.
Assuredly a title for kids with a lot of patience, Magical Tour Racing is a simple yet challenging romp into kart zooming for Dreamcast fans. While there's nothing here that's been done overly bad, there isn't anything particularly compelling about it either. With a hefty number of stages and characters (three of which you've heard of), and a straightforward system of racing-exploration, the game isn't that shabby. Colorful, musical, and true to the Disney spirit, MTR will keep the little ones happy as clams for a weekend or two.
The Video Game Critic
Magical Racing Tour is a decent single-player racer, but all things considered this should have been a lot better.
It's entirely too sad, because Racing Tour tops its PlayStation predecessor in terms of speed and graphical strength. A peppy four-player mode more than dispels the horror of having to listen to It's a Small World, Buffalo Gal and other Disney-themed tunes ad infinitum.
Magical Racing Tour est un jeu destiné aux petits. Bénéficiant de l'univers et des personnages chers à Disney, ce jeu de courses n'émerveillera que les adeptes de Disneyland et de ses attractions. Jouabilité ultra-simpliste, principe enfantin et scénario pour bambins, la durée de vie très limitée et le manque de finition ne permettent pas à Magical Racing Tour de se hisser au niveau d'un Mario Kart 64 ou d'un Crash Team Racing. Un jeu qui procurera néanmoins de bons moments entre père et fils.
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