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Wacky Races

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
63
3.4
Dreamcast
75
3.6
PlayStation
55
3.4

User Reviews

An underrated gem -- in my top 3 Funnest, Most Playable DC Games Dreamcast MagFram (43)
This is the reason I bought a Dreamcast. Dreamcast Courtland Funke (45)
This is some pretty neat stuff right here. PlayStation 2 CKeen The Great (145)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 10 3.6
Game Boy Color 2 4.0
PlayStation 3 3.4
PlayStation 2 3 4.5
Windows 6 3.4
Combined MobyScore 24 3.7


The Press Says

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93
DreamcastDC-UK
A top fun racer that makes a change from all the realistic "driving" games around. It's wacky with a capital "W"!
91
DreamcastGamezilla
I’m very impressed with this game. Its great controls, bright, crisp graphics and sound, and variety of racing styles, challenges, and vehicles, will keep you entertained for many hours and probably weeks. I simply had a hard time pulling myself away from the TV (whaddya mean it’s time for bed, I just started, um, oh, four hours ago...). This game is even fun to just watch someone else play if you aren’t in the mood. Connect up to four controllers and get some people together for a Wacky Race of your own. If you like the "Wacky Races" cartoon, you need this game. If you’ve never even heard of "Wacky Races," but like go-kart style games or racing games in general, you’re sure to enjoy this game which is why I’m happy to give it a score of 91.
90
Game Boy ColorJoypad
Les Fous du Volant présente une maturité de jeu et de réalisation rarement atteinte sur la portable japonaise, et propulse tous les autres softs du genre dans les oubliettes. De plus, il recèle tout un tas de modes de jeu (Arcade, Endurance, Championship, Time Trial) qui vous tiendront aisément en haleine. Bref, ce jeu est une vériable perle rare qu'il faut se procurer de toute urgence !
86
Game Boy ColorGameSpot
All right, stop what you're doing, because I'm about to ruin the image and the style that you're used to. Are you sick of Pole Position knockoffs on the Game Boy Color? Don't you hate it when arcade-style racers smell like feet? You're not alone. Thankfully, Infogrames has the solution to this dilemma: Wacky Races. Based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name, Wacky Races is a Mario Kart-style racing game that packs quirky gameplay and playful looks into the Game Boy's 160-pixel screen.
85
Game Boy ColorTotal! (Germany)
Freunden von Rennspielen mit Sinn für Humor werden an Wacky Races Autorennen Total sicherlich ihre Freude haben.
84
DreamcastIGN
Throw in multi-player and battle mode, and this game certainly has legs on it. Granted, they may not be as technically stable as I would have liked to see from a title with this many positive things going for it, but I guess we can't expect every publisher to take kids games as seriously as we do. *Sigh* Oh well. When the cartoon cloud of dust and fists settles, Wacky Races is an above average racer that is cute and easy enough to appeal to younger gamers, and deep enough to give older gamers a run for their money. If you're looking for something that fits that bill and don't mind playing a game that obviously lacks some polish, you'll definitely have fun with this one.
83
DreamcastVideo Games
Na wer sagt's denn? Endlich müssen DC-Zocker nicht mehr neidisch auf die anderen Plattformen schielen, sondern können einen Fun-Racer allererster Güte ihr Eigen nennen. Allein die optische Präsentation ist bereits ein Kaufgrund, doch auch die perfekte Steuerung (es steht euch eine einfache Kart-Steuerung und eine anspruchsvollere Expertensteuerung zur Verfügung) und das durchdachte Streckendesign werden jedem Genreliebhaber die Freudentränen in die Augen treiben.

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83
DreamcastGame Revolution
Wacky Races is, without a doubt, the best kart racer that I've seen in a long while. It's insane graphics and overall wackiness is something to behold. A better camera and some lengthier tracks would have done wonders, but we've still got a winner here.
80
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
Wacky Races has proven to me that all licensed games are not forced by nature to be worse than their source material. In fact, it has proven that a game can go so far above and beyond its source material that the source becomes an embarrassment. If Hanna-Barbera had put half as much style and polish into the original Wacky Races cartoons as Infogrames put into this game, well, the world would be a better place.
80
DreamcastSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Au final, voilà un super jeu, amusant, qui ne fait pas que copier honteusement un Mario Kart, comme dans certaines productions douteuses. Ce titre a une vraie personnalité et un petit quelque chose qui fait qu'on s'y attache. À noter, il existe une version PS2, absolument identique à celle-là, vu son prix je vous conseille chaudement de l'essayer, au moins....
80
Game Boy ColorGame Vortex
I like to think of Wacky Races as a really nice tech demo, like the various hacker groups put out, showcasing just what some ancient piece of hardware can do if really pushed to the limit. It’s an added bonus that Infogrames happened to strap on an enjoyable game and a nice license. If you like this type of game, definitely check it out. If nothing else, get it to see just what your little system can do, if pushed hard enough.
80
Game Boy ColorIGN
The engine is bravado, and it is almost a given that the gameplay would pale in comparison. It does, sadly, but not as poorly as I worried it might. It's a solid racer, and the sense of speed makes gameplay fun even when the rest of the design starts to fail. This is a brilliant pick-me-up game, and with lots of hidden cars, there's plenty here to play through. Infogrames has Wacky Races set to be one of their top franchises, and they're assigning some stellar talents to the different versions (just look at the amazing Dreamcast version), so hopefully a sequel is in the plans with more challenges and extremely wild races. This game is a swell rough draft, a blazing play that just falls short of greatness. Still, what a rush!
80
DreamcastGamePro (US)
Wacky Races is a visual treat for animation junkies, and fans of the series will love seeing their favorites again. If you're not a fan of old cartoons, though, you might want to race right by Wacky Races.
80
Game Boy ColorJeuxvideo.com
Les Fous du Volant constitue donc au final un titre très distrayant et au demeurant fort sympathique. On retrouve avec plaisir la fine équipe de Satanas et Diabolo pour des courses délirantes dont l’intérêt aurait pu être prolongé par des possibilités en link.
78
DreamcastGameSpot
With the exception of random AI, Wacky Races is a license-based racing game done right. The control is wonderful, the gameplay is fun, the visuals are superb, and the sound is delightful. Sure, there are a few quirks to get used to, and the difficulty level is less than forgiving, but these nitpicks are no reason not to give Wacky Races a chance.
75
DreamcastHappyPuppy
Other than some occasionally cheap AI--I know Penelope-friggin'-Pitstop didn't have the tokens for all that crap she pulled in the final lap of my ninth race--Wacky Races is a well-done, unique title that works even if you don't know your Dick Dastardly from a Compact Pussycat.
75
PlayStation 2Consoles Plus
Bref, c'est plutôt sympa, mais pas très original. La jouabilité aurait pu elle aussi être meilleure...
75
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Satanas et Diabolo est un très bon titre qui conviendra particulièrement aux joueurs adeptes du style Mario Kart (pas encore bien représenté sur PS2). Il dispose d'une bonne réalisation et propose un challenge intéressant.
75
Game Boy ColorDaily Radar
Before any review of Infogrames' new wacky racer Wacky Races may be properly issued, it must be noted that all wackiness may never be assumed to be anything but subjective. One man's wackiness may be another man's root canal, and to whom is mankind obliged to recognize as the arbiter in such matters? In this modern world where gunplay in schools is an ever more frequent occurrence and our very own president of these here United States of America lies more or less in tune to the beating of his cold, cold heart, is it not possible that wackiness is, in fact, normalcy? Thus, the wackiness of Wacky Races lies not in the inherent quality of the races itself, but in the fact that a racing game on the Game Boy can be quite so entertaining -- which is wacky indeed.
75
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
En bref, Les Fous du Volant offre un jeu définitivement amusant, assez difficile et visuellement très agréable. De quoi s’amuser pendant longtemps, même si vous ne connaissiez pas la série.
72
PlayStationMeristation
Si echabas de menos el poder competir con estos locos del volante, y además, eres fan de la serie, su adquisición a pesar de las múltiples carencias, te gustará. Los que no conocemos a este mito de la factoria Hanna Barbera, nos resultará un compacto soso, sin gracia, con una realización bastante pobre y con defectos en la jugabilidad graves. Hay mejores opciones en la pequeña de Sony como Crash Racing, Speed Freaks o Motor Toon 2.
70
WindowsPower Unlimited
Wacky Races is een geinige game... voor je kleine neefje en nichtje. De gameplay is niet ver genoeg uitgewerkt en biedt te weinig diepgang voor de oudere gamer. En daar baal ik best wel van, want ik mag die Wacky racers wel.
68
WindowsGame Over Online
I'm not positive whether Wacky Races is the first Dreamcast port or not, but I believe it is. I had high expectations, or perhaps I was just hoping the Dreamcast console would port better than the PlayStation has thus far. Unfortunately, as I found out with Wacky Races, that's not the case. The graphics are still slightly below average, although the audio is solid. The number of tracks available, coupled with the variety of characters and vehicles, makes for a good start in terms of gameplay, but the lack of secret levels and secret characters gives little reason to keep racing. In comparison to South Park Rally, probably the most recent PC arcade racer, Wacky Racer isn't all that bad, but that's not saying much. Wacky Races could and should have been better on the PC.
68
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
En trevlig bagatell, men det finns roligare racingspel att lägga pengarna på.
67
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Was für ein Spaß! Ein wirklich nettes Spiel, über die genre-üblichen dummen Sprüche habe ich auch noch am Ende der Testphase gelacht. Spielerisch dürfen Sie hier nichts wirklich Tiefschürfendes erwarten, aber die zahlreichen Strecken haben alle lustige Details und bieten Abwechslung. Gleiches gilt für die Fahrzeuge, die doch die eine oder andere Sonderfunktion besitzen. Für den PC bekommen Sie hiermit jedenfalls das derzeit beste Cartoon-Rennen.
64
WindowsPC Gamer Brasil
Convenhamos, já que estamos olhando um jogo baseado no melhor desenho animado da década de 80, cujo foco são crianças, e ainda, que pelo menos, 90% dos jogadores com mais de 20 anos ainda curtem este clássico, vamos nos contentar com as coisas como elas estão. Corrida Maluca, mesmo não sendo o melhor dos melhores, é um jogo para ser guardado e mostrado para nossos filhos.
62
WindowsIGN
You remember Wacky Races. Sure you do. Eating Cookie Crisp in your underwear at 7:30am on Saturday, two inches from the TV, cheering on Peter Perfect, Penelope Pitstop, or maybe just hoping that Dick Dastardly and Muttley would just plow through them all with a Ford Excursion and win the damn race once and for all. All was forgotten, until gaming hit the cart-racing jag with Mario Kart, and went a little off its rocker with everything from Woody Woodpecker and LEGO to Crash Team Racing. It's only fair, then, that Infogrames jumps in with an actual racing cartoon to match with its cartoony racing game. In comes Wacky Races, a simplistic, cute looking, but overall shallow experience that will remind you off those sugar-filled breakfast cereals you chomped on for years -- a good initial punch, a fun buzz, then the inevitable crash and boredom.
60
PlayStation 2PlayFrance
Sans être une révolution, Les Fous du Volant s'avère être le meilleur de sa catégorie sur PS2. Un jeu amusant et efficace, que je vous conseille vivement. Si vous êtes déjà amateur de ce genre de jeu, vous ne serez pas déçu, et, si ce n'est pas le cas, ça vaut peut-être le coup d'essayer Les Fous du Volant, histoire de vous refaire une opinion.
60
PlayStationSuper Play
Som Mario Kart-kopia betraktat tycker jag ändå att Wacky Races är ett ganska bra spel. De som tycker att racingspel först och främst ska handla om att sätta käppar i hjulen för motståndarna bör ge det en chans.
60
PlayStationVideo Games
Da sieht man mal wieder, was eine schlampige Konvertierung aus einem ehemals guten Spiel machen kann. Die zeitlos genialen Cartoon-Charaktere gehen im Pixel-Clipping der PS leider sang- und klanglos unter. Und die in der DC-Version so wichtigen Münzen, mit deren Hilfe ihr eure Extrawaffen überhaupt erst zum Einsatz bringen konntet, erkennt ihr ohnehin nicht. Da helfen auch positive Aspekte wie die guten Soundeffekte und die sehr eingängige Steuerung nicht mehr viel. Die Auswahl an besseren Fun-Racern ist einfach zu groß.
50
DreamcastSuper Play
Idén som spelet bygger på är briljant, men för det första är den inte Infogrames, och för det andra så finns det redan hur många liknande racingspel som helst. Dessa två faktum gör att jag stör mig på Wacky Races. Och då hjälper det inte att Infogrames vill ge Dreamcast-spelarna ett eget Mario Kart. För min del var loppet kört redan innan det hade börjat. Någon annan kanske tycker annorlunda.
50
PlayStation 2Super Play
Helhetsintrycket blir därför att Wacky Races till PlatStation2 är ett högst medelmåttigt spel. Om det nu kan glädja någon.
50
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Гонки аркадные, обыкновенные, устаревшие, одна штука. В комплекте: куча недостатков и пара-тройка удачно реализованных идей. Кто, кроме фанатов сериала, будет играть в эту игру, я не представляю. Разве что какой-нибудь маньяк, не пропускающий ни одного, пусть даже основательно пришибленного представителя жанра...
50
WindowsPC Zone
The improbable power-ups are in keeping with the spirit of the cartoon, and while they can be fairly random affairs, it's still possible to have a tightly contested race. Something that isn't in keeping with the series though is the fact that Dick Dastardly regularly appears atop the podium, an aberration that will stick in the craw of every honest Englishman.
44
PlayStationNowGamer
Winning tournaments seems a doddle too. One minute you’ll be sixth then, in the blink of a lazy eye, you’ll be first. The race structure is so erratic, you can get quite lost in the goings on, but just having the persistence to maintain firm pressure on the X button will ensure some sort of success when the chequered flag waves. Not even the FMV or cut-scenes seem to hold any congruity and are animated worse than the cartoon – which, incidentally, aired back in the Sixties. You get the distinct impression that even these poor excuses of cartoons would rather be somewhere else. Like on the cutting room floor. In the words of the moustachioed scoundrel, Dick Dastardly himself, “Drat and double drat”.
34
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Almost everyone under the age of 50 has surely donated a few moments of their misspent youth watching those crazy antics of Dick Dastardly and Muttley in their Mean Machine. Well, I suggest no more time of your precious time is wasted on this awful Wacky Races product. Controlling a vehicle is nigh on impossible, while graphically it's all a bit of a mess. What a shocking game for such a massive franchise. As Dick Dastardly would say himself, "Curse's. foiled again!
25
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
Wacky Races represent yet another botched attempt to bring kart racing to the Dreamcast.