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This is a great racer and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a racing game on the Genesis. zemonn (176) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

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Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Joystick (French) (Oct, 1990)
Alors si vous ne savez pas quoi acheter, n'hésitez surtout pas, Super Monaco Grand Prix est véritablement LA simulation de sports mécaniques sur console. Magnifique, extraordinaire, sensationnel, impeccable, bref c'est du tout bon. Mais ça, vous l'aviez déjà compris!
This is video racing at its best! Not only do you get a fantastic translation of the popular coin-op, the Genesis version of Super Monaco also has many new scenes within a tournament setting complete with rivals, driving points, pits stops and more! Absolutely outstanding!
Now the Megadrive version is here, it literally blows away every other racing game on any console! Almost identical to its arcade parent (apart from a slight difference in the track layout), the only real thing missing is an abundance of landmarks - but it does't detract from the game in the slightest.
Mean Machines (Dec, 1990)
Racing a Formula I car is a dream for all the MEAN MACHINES team (Jaz has a Formula III car, the lucky so-and-so), and this game lets us relieve our urges. I am amazed at this game every time I load it, the graphics are so good. Luckily, it doesn't stop at just being visually resplendent: the playability is incredible, and the sprite update has to be seen to be believed. Atmosphere is what makes this so special, and the sweat really starts to pour as you view three cars approaching in you rear-view mirror - will you be able to keep them at bay? Easily the best racing game on any console, this game combines excitement and quality in a fun, cuddly package!
Raze (Nov, 1990)
Great graphics are commonplace on the Mega Drive, so it comes as no surprise that Super Monaco GP's are some of the best race sim visuals yet. Similarly, the sound effects are realistic and informative but not conspicuous. Layout of the screen is didactic, making it easy to refer to when screeching through a 180-degree corner at about 100mph over the max. The only quibble is joypad based: when steering through a tight corner, you can sometimes accidentally change gear. Still, it all adds to the fun, right?
The Video Game Critic (Sep 13, 2001)
The gameplay is a combination of Pole Position and Pitstop, with superb graphics and responsive controls. The game opens on a high note, showing a good-looking blonde in a bathing suit (don't ask me what that has to do with racing!). The game features a single-race mode, a multi-race "championship" mode, and a practice mode. You can choose your racing team and transmission type. The action is viewed from inside your Indy-style car, and the illusion of speed is very effective. The road ahead is fairly flat, but signs on the side of the road and the on-screen map keep you alert of turns. The background scenery looks great, and there are even some dark tunnels that are a lot of fun to drive through. The other cars look realistic, and the scaling and animation are relatively smooth. Super Monaco is addictive. One feature that made me laugh was the chain-smoking voice that encourages you with words like "C'mon!" and "Keep in up!". This is a first-rate racer, and a classic Genesis title.
1UP! (Jul 18, 2017)
Ce n'est qu'une fois sorti de Minarae, avec une meilleure machine et une bonne connaissance des premiers circuits et de leurs fatales ondulations, que l'on savoure Super Monaco GP et peut enfin dire, en y croyant, que c'est un bon jeu. Sa vitesse est fantastique, finement calibrée d'une configuration à l'autre, et les réflexes millimétrés dont il faut faire preuve pour éviter une fin abrupte sont autant de frissons de plaisir.
Games-X (Mar, 1991)
This 3D racing game was very successful on the other major format. The Sega Megadrive version of this classic is in terms of graphics possible the most impressive, with its high quality backgrounds and cars.
80 (Nov 17, 2008)
Sega was obviously striving for a delicate balance between great gameplay and sufficient presentation. I would have preferred it had taken a bit more time to spruce up the visuals, considering that the arcade original looked great for its time (save for the short draw distance), but I honestly can't complain about the final package. Super Monaco GP offers deep and involving gameplay and is fun enough to maintain interest through to the end. The password system is a bit of a pain, but it's nothing that some diligent copying won't overcome. The sequel is a major improvement, and that should tell you something about Sega's dedication to this franchise at the time, considering just how solid the original is. It's inexpensive and worth tracking down, so find yourself a copy and burn some rubber.
VideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Ponha o capacete, vista o macacão e entre na sua Ferrari (se você preferir sua McLaren ou Benetton), E prepare-se para participar deste campeonato mundial de Fórmula 1. Você disputa "pau a pau" com um amigo quem será o vencedor. São 12 circuitos diferentes, cada um correspondente a um Grande Prêmio.
Der Schwierigkeitsgrad von Super Monaco GP ist zwar variabel, insgesamt aber doch recht hoch angesetzt, so daß langer Spielspaß garantiert ist, der bei weniger geschickten Spielern aber sicherlich auch in Frust umschlagen kann. Wer ein rassiges Rennspielchen sucht und ein Mega Drive besitzt, der ist mit diesem Programm bestens bedient.
Power Play (Nov, 1990)
Gegenüber dem Automatenvorbild hat Segas Super Monaco GP zwar einiges an spektakulärer 3D-Grafik verloren, dafür packten die Entwickler eine komplette Formel-1-Weltmeisterschaft in das Modul. Mit einem Automatikgetriebe ist der Einstieg in den Rennzirkus schnell gefunden; echte Männer fahren natürlich nur mit tückischem Schaltgetriebe. Trotz hübscher Hintergründe und flammender Turbofeuer präsentiert sich das Spiel grafisch und akustisch eher unauffällig. So lag es auch nicht an der Aufmachung, daß ich nächtelang vor dem Bildschirm klebte. Es ist mir jedoch selten ein so extrem spielbares Programm unter die Finger gekommen. Auf "Easy" kamen bei Super Monaco schon nach wenigen Minuten erste Suchtgefühle, auf "hard" kämpfte ich noch tagelang um eine gute Platzierung. Fair ist auch, daß die leicht zu handhabenden Automatikrenner wesentlich weniger Kraft unter der Haube haben als die tückischen Wagen mit Handschaltung. Super Monaco GP, von führenden Bleifüßen empfohlen.
Simple controls and instant appeal make this a game you can dive straight into. However, one race is all you need to see that this is nothing special. The graphics are well translated from the original, though the huge roadside objects are conspicuous in their absence. Overlaid text and information windows in the main playing area clutter the display. Sound is below par for a Megadrive, with a few sparse FX and some fuzzy sampled speech.