TrackMania is an astonishing mix of genres, combining high-speed, stomach-churning races around manic, gravity-defying courses – with a single-player puzzle mode which taxes speed of thought as much as reactions. Think Stunt Car Racer mixed with WipEout with a bit of PipeMania thrown in, and you have some idea of the joy that is Nadeo's brilliant new release.
The Website will form the central hub for the game's many multiplayer modes, which allow users to create an infinite number of courses to share with mates and the world. Brilliantly, these courses are defined using a sophisticated routine which truncates the data into bite-sized chunks; typically, these courses – no matter how wild they are – will form no more than 20k of data. And as the game embraces dial-up multiplayer as well as broadband, TrackMania is a game which can be enjoyed by anyone with an Internet connection.
"TrackMania is a game that needs to be played to be appreciated," says Terry Malham, Sales Director, Digital Jesters, "which is why we're ensuring the central Website offers a host of content for owners or potential owners. We'll be introducing a wealth of competitions and championships for those with the full game – but in the meantime, we'd encourage everyone to keep an eye out for the playable demo, when it launches in a few weeks."
TrackMania will be published for PC CD-ROM in the UK by Digital Jesters on November 28th 2003, priced £29.99.
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