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Top Gear (SNES)

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In the first of three released games for Super NES, players can choose among 4 different cars, each one with different attributes (maximum speed, fuel consumption, boost power and tire grip) to face 32 challenging courses situated in several places around the world as Brazil, USA, France, Japan etc.

In more longer tracks, players will find a Pit Stop section, where they can enter to replenish the fuel meter (total or partially). The game has a split-screen display for 1 or 2 players. In 1-Player mode, you'll dispute the races against the computer, that has a slightly bigger speed than yours, helping to give a lot more of competitiveness. A password system was included, being possible to stop a current game and resume it later.

Through the game, players will find several obstacles scattered by the courses, like rows of iron plates or even lots of stones. In order to qualify for the next circuit, it's required to complete it at least in the 5th position, or else the game is over.


Top Gear SNES Competing in Loch Ness, Scotland (notice that some plates warn about a "terrible menace").
Top Gear SNES If the fuel is low, do a pit stop and minimize the problem!
Top Gear SNES When a high-speed crash occurs, the pilot will say something: a lot more of fun in the game.
Top Gear SNES You can use 3 boosts per race, then choose the best moment to activate it!

Alternate Titles

  • "Top Racer" -- Japanese Title
  • "Top Gear 1" -- Informal Name
  • "トップレーサー" -- Japanese spelling

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N-Force Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
N-Force Jan, 1993 87 out of 100 87
GamePro (US) May, 1992 4 out of 5 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games May, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Jun, 1992 72 out of 100 72


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On 4th November 1993, Kemco America Inc. wanted to register the Top Gear trademark for videogames relating to or depicting vehicles. The British Broadcasting Corporation opposed this, because they had been broadcasting a television programme under the same name since 1977. The process and the verdict in favour of the BBC in 1999 can be read here.
Evil Ryu (59238) added Top Gear (SNES) on Jun 05, 2005