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Gallop Racer (PlayStation)

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Gallop Racer is part horse racing simulation, part action/arcade racer.

When choosing horses for your stable, you have to take a lot of factors into account. For instance, is the horse a long or short distance runner? Does it do better on a dry track or a wet track? The factors appear to be endless at first.

After you have your horse, you then get to race it. Unlike several horse racing games from this time, you get to control the horse on the track instead of just watching. Actually, you really control the jockey. The controls basically boil down to hitting the face buttons when you need to get the horse moving; similar to riding the horse in The Ocarina of Time, only without the turning. However, you can't drive the horse on for the entire race, or else it'll tire and you'll be left in the dust.

Once the race is over, you get your cash. Each place earns you a specific amount, which you can then use to improve your ranks of race horses. If you'd rather not spend more money, you can also breed them, creating a "super racing horse" from two exceptional racers. The horse isn't really super, but it will almost certainly have a prolific career.

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Gallop Racer PlayStation The race begins. During the race the jockey's body becomes semi-transparent
Gallop Racer PlayStation All races start with an overview of the track like this. The view changes to show the horses in the starting gates
Gallop Racer PlayStation This is a horse that is up for sale. Nearly all the relevant statistics are available here, the square gives the player access to a graph  of something called Growth
Gallop Racer PlayStation A race in progress. The circle or square use the whip, depending on whether the jockey is right/left handed. L1/R1 rotate the players point of view

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The Press Says

IGN Sep 29, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Absolute Playstation Sep, 1999 81 out of 100 81
PSX Nation Aug 10, 2001 80 out of 100 80
NowGamer Mar 17, 1999 5.6 out of 10 56
Game Revolution Jan 07, 2004 D 25

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Robstein (175) added Gallop Racer (PlayStation) on Feb 02, 2007