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PGNx Media (Dec 10, 2002)
Whirl Tour is good rookie effort by Papaya Studios and Crave. The visuals are respectable and the audio is great. The game features the best story ever in an action-sports title. Some mismatched game play and a slow speed may turn speeders to other titles, though. There is too much competition right now, but rent this and try it, it's a solid game that may be ignored.
GameSpy (Nov 17, 2002)
Imagine if you will: A Tony Hawk's Pro Skater style game on motorized Razor scooters where you fought bosses in levels designed like something out of a Mario title. The result is Whirl Tour, an extreme sports adventure title that follows the lead of such similar games as Dark Summit or Toxic Grind. Apparently kicking the sports lifestyle aspects up a notch just doesn't cut it anymore, so this game's developers have decided to infuse this "action / adventure storyline" instead. In some ways this works really well in Whirl Tour, but in others it just plain crashes and burns.
GameSpot (Nov 20, 2002)
The last game from development house Papaya Studios was Top Gear Dare Devil, a PlayStation 2 driving game that cribbed shamelessly from Sega's outrageous Crazy Taxi series, to poor effect. Whirl Tour, Papaya's sophomore effort, is similar to Top Gear Dare Devil in that it attempts to emulate the mechanics of a popular game, this time Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and comes up short. Though, to be fair, the overall quality and playability of Whirl Tour is definitely beyond that of Top Gear Dare Devil.
59 (Apr 20, 2003)
Ich rege mich jetzt mal nicht über die meiner Meinung nach selten dämliche Idee eines Funsportgames auf einem Motorroller auf - letzten Endes spielt es ja eigentlich keine große Rolle, worauf man durch Levels zischt. Auch wenn ich hoffe, dass diese Idee keine weiteren Kreise zieht und bei Rollstuhl- oder Sackhüpf-Racern endet. Ich ignoriere auch die lahme Präsentation, die mich sowohl optisch als auch akustisch langweilt. Doch fummelige Steuerung, eine schlechte Kameraführung und stets präsente, auf Einfallslosigkeit basierende Langeweile, lassen sich nicht unterdrücken. Die Frage ist doch: Wer will dieses Spiel? Den Vergleich mit Perlen wie Tony Hawk 4 oder Aggressive Inline sollte man gar nicht erst wagen, Es gibt einfach keinen Grund, sich dieses Spiel zuzulegen. Es sei denn, man muss wirklich alles haben, das irgendwie mit kleinen rollenden Dingen zu tun hat.
IGN (Nov 25, 2002)
All in all, Whirl Tour is about as basic as an extreme sports game as you can get. Of course, once you realize that everyone is riding a scooter, what would you expect? For the most part, the control handles well, and some of the level design is fairly decent, but the goals aren't unique or challenging enough to really bring any excitement into the game. There are a few decent two-player modes, and there's a fair amount of stuff to unlock, so the game should provide for a reasonable amount of playing time if you don't find yourself bored after a while, which is pretty likely.
50 (Apr 08, 2003)
Du Tony Hawk avec un guidon sur la planche. On reprend le même gameplay, on l'appauvrit un peu avant de lui adjoindre une maniabilité imprécise et peu agréable et voilà, c'est prêt à servir. Il y a beaucoup de clones du titre d'Activision, de bons et... des moins bons. Enfin, moi j'attends toujours la version « Tony Hawk fait du pédalo à Plougastel ».