Spirit of Speed 1937

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A slight change from the normal excessive number of F1 games out there, Spirit of Speed 1937 was an attempt to put you into the driving seat of some of the oldest, and well known, racing cars of the early-century. Take control of one of the 1930s cars and race it out around tracks, many of which are no longer available for professional competitive racing.

Whilst being a nice attempt to add some sparkle to a tired genre, many aspects of the game feel either wrong or awkward. Yes, the steering wasn't as nice on the old cars, but in simulating this the gameplay has become much harder. And why do all the cars shine as if made of polished chrome? A good attempt, but not one that rose to the surface of the day's gaming titles.


Spirit of Speed 1937 Windows This is an easy race around the French countryside
Spirit of Speed 1937 Windows Checking the details of the assigned car within an easy level scenario
Spirit of Speed 1937 Dreamcast Each car has a detailed in-car view.
Spirit of Speed 1937 Windows The race track selection screen. The list of available tracks is to the right of centre. Selecting any one beings up a video sequence showing what it's like to drive plus a map and description.

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Plays like a game from 1937. Dreamcast will.i.am (1018)

Critic Reviews

Jeuxvideo.com Windows Dec 08, 1999 16 out of 20 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jan, 2000 71 out of 100 71
Gaming Age Dreamcast Sep 05, 2004 C 50
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Dec 22, 1999 50 out of 100 50
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 2000 44 out of 100 44
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jan, 2000 42 out of 100 42
Jeuxvideo.com Dreamcast Aug 10, 2000 7 out of 20 35
Futuregamez.net Dreamcast Jul 19, 2000 29 out of 100 29
GameSpot Dreamcast Aug 15, 2000 1.9 out of 10 19
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Aug 05, 2000 1 out of 10 10


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While the LJN Entertainment brand was mainly used by Acclaim Entertainment to get around Nintendo's limitation on the total number of titles a single publisher could release on the NES, it was brought back specifically for the release of this game. Why they did that, however, is still unknown.

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