March 16, 2000
Got the hardcore racing bug but it’s still too cold to bring your beast out of the garage to play? Fear not! Hot Chix ‘n’ Gear Stix is a high-adrenaline racing game for Windows that available for download. This inexpensive and very simple game features the likeness of a classic Camaro, Trans Am and Mustang (real names were not used likely due to trademark legalities). With the release of Hot Chix ‘n’ Gear Stix, Fiendish Games has served up a testosterone fueled racer that plays host to a sextet of super chicks, and some of America’s finest muscle cars.
Six Hot Chix
The “Hot Chix” of the game is a total of 6 different International babes (two in the demo version), each with their own car. Each one is a sight to behold and offer some great scenery when selecting game modes, cars, and tracks. After that, they are out of sight during the racing portions of the game, but they do complete the overall theme of the game without being distracting when the race is on.
Hot Chix ‘n’ Gear Stix features 6 different cars to go with each of the Chix. As mentioned above, actual production car names were not used, but the Camro V8 looks remarkably like a classic Camaro, the Gran Am MKII is strikingly similar to a 2nd generation Trans Am, and the G2 Roadster bears a great resemblance to a classic Mustang. Each car has its own different characteristics with strengths and weaknesses that have to be discovered by playing the game, but you will soon find that you like some cars more than others. It is best to try each car in the time trail mode until you find the car that you like the most and then try your hand in the Championship mode to compete against other cars.
Just as you can pick from 6 International beauties to ride shotgun, you can also pick 3 International race tracks to participate in: Arizona Highway, Alpine Pass and Rushin’ Winter. All feature beautifully authentic landscaping, environment mapping, volumetric fogging, particle effects, light coronas and lens flares to add to the realism of hard driving. There are a few hidden shortcuts to help you get past your competitors in the Championship mode, as well as some small jumps to make things interesting. Even though there are only 3 tracks, they are long enough to keep you on the edge of your seat with all of the twists and turns and dynamic obstacles that you have to maneuver your car through at high speed. All 3 tracks can be played backwards for greater variety and challenge.
The gameplay is simple to learn and easy to enjoy. As you cruise along fighting your way to the finish line, funky 70’s tracks jam away adding more nostalgic style to the classic cars. The best feature about this game is the surprisingly realistic suspension and handling each car has. It makes for very lifelike responsiveness and very heated racing. If you hold down the space bar when turning, you can powerslide around curves and corners with very little effort. This was very costly to lap times and winning races, but was even more fun and well worth it.
The Bottom Line
This isn’t the most advanced racing game out there, but it is very fun to play and the surprisingly realistic car physics make it a good time, not to mention the extra perks of the copilots. For times when you want to engage is some quick but fierce competition Hot Chix ‘n’ Gear Stix is a very affordable choice and is overall a good game, with precise car handling, good music, and challenging tracks. Not to mention it has a theme that is not to common in the racing game world. Check it out!
Hot Chix ‘n’ Gear Stix Game Info
Publisher: Small Rockets
Game Requirements: Minimal
Features: Six super chicks, six American muscle cars, two game modes, three levels of difficulty, steering wheel & joystick support.
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