Tuesday, July 15, 2014
One of the games I downloaded from Good Old Games several months back was Screamer, a realism-light auto racing game released in 1995. The controls were simple to learn: left arrow (left), right arrow (right), up arrow (accelerate), and down arrow (brake)--that's it! So, easy to play and pretty fun at first. The game has both individual practice races and a bare-bones "league" mode, which requires you to get at least third place in a series of tracks. The leagues go from pretty easy ("Rookie") to harder and harder. The first couple presented a good but fair challenge and I really enjoyed it, despite the fact that, for whatever reason, the game would crash rather frequently. The Pro league amped up the difficulty considerably, and I couldn't even do better than 8th place on the first track despite repeated tries. Since it kept crashing, I felt like I had a good enough excuse to delete the whole thing and move on with my life. I will say, in the game's defence, that my son loved watching me play and he often pretended he was controlling the cars by pulling on a USB cable . . .