Retro overhead racing games are a niche genre that I love so let's see if the delightful Moto Roader MC has stood the test of time.
Moto Roader MC originally released in '92 for TurboGrafx-CD and it was exclusive in Japan. Before it debuted, there were a couple of Moto Roader games for TurboGrafx-16 but this one is far superior because it features single-screen tracks which allows for much more intuitive gameplay than having the camera follow along, especially if you want to play with friends. Speaking of which, Moto Roader MC can be played with up to 4 simultaneous players and each race will have 5 competitors with the non-human racers being computer-controlled. I'd say that it's much more fun playing with friends so if you enjoy retro gaming with chums, you'll certainly love this. 😊 v1d30chumz 18-232-59-38
So, how the heck do you play Moto Roader MC? Well, it's an overhead racing game that has simple and intuitive controls where you accelerate, brake, and steer. There are 2 steering modes so you can either tap left and right or point your vehicle in whichever direction you want to go. The latter is more accessible although I prefer the former as it has a more old-school feel that reminds me of playing Championship Sprint in the arcade back when I was a wee cub. Oh, there are weapons, too, that you can unleash at any time including a Rocket that you can shoot straight ahead and Pipe Bombs that you deploy behind you. These do a great job of bringing the gameplay to new competitive heights. There are plenty of tricky shortcuts that you can take as well which make things even more fun. 😄
Moto Roader MC features a decent amount of content with the most impressive of which being that it includes 25 tracks which range from simple oval designs to zany complex courses that have hazards, speed pads, and even warps. You can enjoy these tracks in Race mode which contains 5 different championships or Time Attack mode where you can challenge the courses individually. On top of all this, there's Omake mode which is essentially a 2D Rocket League where you chase a ball and try to slam it into your opponent's goal. You can play this mode in either 1-vs-1 or 2-vs-2 variations and it also has 3 arenas to play in which adds some needed variety.
There aren't many options in Moto Roader MC so you basically just race until you get bored as you can't really customize much. Specifically, you can toggle collisions and super-slipping on and off but that's about it. I would have liked to see some sort of single player campaign with vehicle upgrades and such but instead, you just race freely which is another reason why Moto Roader MC is better suited for multiplayer. However, even playing it with a friend is only fun for so long before the gameplay starts becoming repetitive.
On a presentational level, Moto Roader MC is clearly a silly game that's geared towards folks who like having fun as opposed to hardcore racing game enthusiasts. The bright colours, upbeat soundtrack, and clever course themes are sure to put a smile on your face even if you come in last place. There are even tracks that feature oddities such as a giant monkey and a weird twitching cyber face. I don't know why but I find these strange designs to be quite endearing; like in a "What the heck is going on here?" kind of way. 😅
Moto Roader MC is one super-fun hidden gem from the TurboGrafx library and it's fantastic that more chums can enjoy this classic racer on modern consoles. Keep in mind, though, that it isn't quite as fun while playing solo as it is racing with friends.
- + Enjoyable overhead racing gameplay with a nifty albeit simple weapon system
- + Large variety of memorable tracks
- + Great fun for multiplayer
- - Gameplay isn't very long-lasting
- - Could use some sort of campaign
- - Lacks a customization component