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Gallop Racer (PlayStation)

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Description

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 By not finishing in the top positions the player lost money by entering this race
Gallop Racer PlayStation These are the races taking place in week one. The cursor is on the top entry but this horse can only enter race three which is why that option is highlighted
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

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