Test Drive 2001 (Game Boy Color)

Test Drive 2001 Game Boy Color Title Screen


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Of the proliferation of racing games for the GBC, there are those that raise the bar a notch, and those that fall flat. And then there's Test Drive 2001. While some of the game's features do the genre well, and add oodles of playability to the otherwise plodding racing game, the unimpressive graphics and slow racing engine are indicative of its lack when it comes to a revolution in handheld racing. It's certainly improved from previous incarnations on the GBC, and it's not a bad racer -- but it's far from a racing fan's wet dream.
Overall, Test Drive 2001 is somewhat enjoyable only because it is a racing game, and videogames with race cars are by definition fun. However, what it doesn't do is take it to the next level. Nothing is special about the game, and nothing sets it apart from the competition or from Test Drive games for other platforms. And in fact, it has a few aspects that make it lag slightly behind.
De même, on s’interroge sur l’intérêt de la pédale de frein, tous les virages ou presque se prennent pied au plancher. Lors d’une collision frontale, votre véhicule effectue un tonneau sur place et celui du chauffard n’est même pas ralenti. Goutte d’eau qui fait déborder le vase, les ombres ne sont pas toutes portées dans la même direction, tantôt à droite, tantôt à gauche et, ce, sur le même circuit ! Le doute n’est plus permis, les programmeurs ont bel et bien séché les cours de physique. Avec un tel déchet technique, ce ne sont pas les modes Tournois, Courses poursuites et la possibilité de booster votre automobile qui relèveront la sauce.