Indie publisher Ratalaika Games has been bringing some games from the past to modern platforms here recently with the likes of Gynoug and Gleylancer. Their latest weekly release is yet another one with it being Moto Roader MC that originally released for the Turbo Grafix in 1992. How does this top-down racer hold up 30 years later?
Moto Roader MC is a top-down racer that you can play against the CPU or with up to four players locally. This is one of those top-down racing games where you can see the whole track as you race much like a Pixeljunk Racers. The main course of action in this game will have you racing across various tracks to try and beat the AI. Controls are easy to grasp with square giving you gas, X being used to brake, a button used to rewind time, and the shoulder buttons being used to fire missiles and drop mines. The weapons aren’t used to destroy your opponents but rather to mess them up temporarily giving you a chance to pass them. Overall, it feels OK to play but the steering can be a bit wonky to deal with at times.
The tracks themselves add some nice variety to the racing as well with new elements getting introduced as you go like boost pads, shortcuts, and more. There are also a couple extra modes like one where it’s you against another trying to score a ball in their goal. Outside of that there isn’t much else I can say about the game as there isn’t much else to it. You get some extra features like CRT filters, save states, and the previously mentioned rewind feature but outside of that there isn’t much else. The game has some nice variety in the tracks so visually you aren’t looking at the same thing all the time but there isn’t a lot of detail in them either. The music is fine with a few good tracks but the sound effects were kind of lacking. Trophy hunters will have a great time with the game with 26 trophies in total being included and all you have to do to earn them all is play on every track.
Moto Roader MC is another nice blast from the past from Ratalaika Games. This top-down racer should please those who were fans of it thirty years ago and for those who didn’t it’s worth a look too. It won’t last you long and I think you’re better off getting it if you have local friends to play with but for a few dollars you can certainly do a lot worse.
*Moto Roader MC is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.