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Racing Gears Advance (Game Boy Advance)

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Description

This handheld racing game offers a range of 12 licensed cars (including models by Chevrolet, Dodge, GM, Lotus and Mitsubishi), several circuits, and a set of opponents. To these stock elements, it adds one more: weaponry. Now you can choose to nitro past the opponent ahead of you, or slow him down with a missile.

With each vehicle and driver pair you can race in Practice Mode to familiarize yourself with tracks or choose Championship Mode to progress through a series of circuits. After each race you'll need to spend some of the money you've earned (either by achieving a good placement or picking up money icons during the race) to repair and, if possible, upgrade your car. Upgrades can improve your car as a racing machine (e.g. a larger engine or better brakes) or as a war machine (e.g. adding more weapons bays or buying a new type of weapon).

The track design uses isometric view, and almost never puts the car behind an obstacle. However, among the twisty roads are a few shortcuts that require you to think outside the lines of the road, and occasionally take a leap of faith.

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Racing Gears Advance Game Boy Advance Chain of cars
Racing Gears Advance Game Boy Advance Track selection screen.
Racing Gears Advance Game Boy Advance Title screen.
Racing Gears Advance Game Boy Advance Driver selection.

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The Video Game Critic Oct 22, 2005 A 100
1UP Feb 22, 2005 9 out of 10 90
IGN Feb 10, 2005 8.9 out of 10 89
GameSpot Mar 03, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2005 8.25 out of 10 82
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Play Magazine 2005 7 out of 10 70

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jvm (234) added Racing Gears Advance (Game Boy Advance) on Aug 19, 2006