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Hi-Octane

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
...
4.5
DOS
80
3.4
SEGA Saturn
59
3.7
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Description

A futuristic racing game with hover cars, in the same line as Wipeout, using a modified version of the Magic Carpet 2 engine.

Gameplay takes a straightforward approach, with the directional keys controlling the steering and throttle, and three keys to fire the minigun, missiles or charge the booster. While the minigun has unlimited ammo, both fuel, armour and missiles must be replenished by passing through some marked areas or picking up powerups in the track or by left destroyed opponents. While the vehicles float on the track they are still influenced by the ground material: they slow down on dirt and even more on water. Each track has a number of shortcuts or alternate routes that offer powerups, and some tracks feature gates and ramps that open or close randomly.

Includes 9 tracks and several game modes (for Saturn owners and PC players with the 1.2 patch installed) such as single race mode (with option to change the number of laps), a Championship mode, Split Screen, Clone Race (beating the ghost of the best race time), Death Match (Where instead of finishing first what matters is finish alive and with the most kills) and Hot Seat, where up to eight players can compete in the same race by taking turns, with the computer taking control of the players' vehicles waiting for their turn. There are six hover cars to choose from: the fast Flexiwing and Outrider, the balanced KD-1 Speeder and Vampyr and the slow but armed to the teeth Berserker and Jugga. In addition to the natural capacity of each, their Minigun, Missle and Booster capacities can be upgraded by picking up powerups during the race. There are Eight teams to choose from, which change the colour of the vehicle: Mad Medicine (white), Bullfrog (aqua green), Storm Riders (purple), Fire Phreaks (orange), DethFest (blue), Foo Fighters (yellow), Gorehounds (red) and Assassins Anonymous (black).

Screenshots

Hi-Octane DOS Intro sequence
Hi-Octane DOS Title screen
Hi-Octane SEGA Saturn Destroying your opponents is a major part of the game.
Hi-Octane SEGA Saturn The in-car view shows some damage has occurred.

Alternate Titles

  • "Hi-Octane: The Track Fights Back" -- Full US Saturn title
  • "ハイオクタン" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

Spectacular! DOS Tomer Gabel (4416)
An alright game that plays WAY too fast!!! DOS James1 (240)

The Press Says

PC Gamer DOS Sep, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Power Play DOS Jul, 1995 81 out of 100 81
World Village (Gamer's Zone) DOS 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Feb, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Coming Soon Magazine PlayStation Mar 14, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jul 25, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Sep, 1995 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Players PlayStation Feb, 1996 66 out of 100 66
Game Zero SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 27 out of 50 54
GamePro (US) PlayStation Mar, 1996 2 out of 5 40

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Trivia

According to legend, Hi Octane began a game the Bullfrog team on their own free time, for fun. Then they decided to improve and market it. (I have no idea if this is true.) (I have also heard this; if a member of the development team could verify this fact, we'd appreciate it. --Ed.)

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