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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.


Gallop Racer PlayStation The race begins. During the race the jockey's body becomes semi-transparent
Gallop Racer PlayStation The second step in starting a new game is to create the jockey's colours. The sleeves, armbands, vest and stripe are all customisable
Gallop Racer PlayStation Having bought a horse the player can select it. They then use the left/right buttons to scroll through the upcoming race weeks
Gallop Racer PlayStation The Main Menu has a Data option. This gives access to four screens which list the players performance, leading jockey's this season, game records and all Japan records

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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 (174) added Gallop Racer (PlayStation) on Feb 02, 2007