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Top Gear: Downforce

Platform(s): Nintendo DS
Genre: Racing
Publisher: Merscom
Developer: Tantalus

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Merscom Signs 'Top Gear: Downforce' (NDS) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2007 @ 8:58 a.m. PDT

Top Gear: Downforce brings the speed and fury of strategic racing to the DS with a new top-down viewpoint, boasting 3D models, robust vehicle physics, and the ability to place hazards on the track surface using the touch screen.

Top Gear: Downforce, developed by Tantalus Interactive, brings the speed and fury of strategic racing to the DS with a new top-down viewpoint, boasting 3D models, robust vehicle physics, and the ability to place hazards on the track surface using the touch screen. With 30 vehicle options, a multitude of hazards, and alternate paths and shortcuts, players may test their abilities in the single-player mode or challenge their friends via wireless multiplayer races.

“Top Gear Downforce represents the ideal opportunity for Merscom to extend its publishing operations to the Nintendo DS,” said Lloyd Melnick, Chief Customer Officer of Merscom. “Not only is it a fantastic game, but the Top Gear franchise is also well established with both retailers and gamers.”

Tantalus CEO Tom Crago said the company was happy to have the opportunity to develop another title in the Top Gear franchise. “We loved the original Top Gear on N64, and of course our rally title on GBA was a big success. This time around we’re attempting something completely different. We want to create a racing game that feels perfectly at home on the DS platform, something built from the ground up to exploit the cool features of the hardware.”

Kemco President Masakatsu Hirose shared Crago’s enthusiasm. “Top Gear Rally on GBA rates among Kemco’s most successful releases. Many people enjoyed this title, and we know that with Tantalus we can create a new game within the franchise that will be just as popular.”

Features

  • Race on tracks featuring a variety of terrains, alternate paths, and shortcuts
  • Manually place hazards to hinder your opponents while avoiding the traps others have set for you
  • Race against your friends with DS wireless communications, featuring multi-card and single-card play
  • Customize your racing experience with 6 car models, a variety of skins, and dozens of personal emblems
  • Smart, competitive AI for fender bashing racing
  • Master the power slide technique to get ahead of the competition

Rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB, Top Gear: Downforce has a suggested retail price of $29.99 (USD).


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