Video Game Review: The Amazing Race
Being a fan of the tv series “The Amazing Race” I was looking forward to this video game but was let down by its gameplay.
First of all, the game is only a 2 or 4 player excursion. You can technically play this game by yourself using two Wiimotes though.
You begin the game designing a profile (up to 4 profiles can be saved), customizing your avatar characters and then you have access to the main menu, either playing Adventure Mode (2 Players) or Party Mode (4 Players).
Adventure Mode has three different length options: Tour (5 Legs), Journey (9 Legs), Race (11 Legs). Just playing Tour takes about 20 minutes. There’s three difficulty options to choose from, and then the mode starts.
Basically, this mode consists of going to different locations and playing mini games. You don’t really explore any locations, you just see picture slideshows of the locations. The mini games consist of a variety of types, such as match certain pictures, finding certain items, etc. After the mini-game is over, you go through a travel selection screen to your next destination where you select the best travel option.
There are some mini-games that are single player only (Road Block) and many mini-games do require knowledge of geography and basic math skills. Luckily much of the geography data can be unlocked in the Race Journal feature available in the main menu. So each leg consists of playing mini-games, and then traveling to the next leg. This process is repeated and can get very repetitive.
Perhaps the best feature is unlocking video clips from the tv show. There are 32 clips to unlock requiring certain things achieved from the game.
I was not able to play Party Mode (as I don’t have 4 Wiimote controllers), but I’m guessing it’s similar. Perhaps one of the most annoying things about the game is the frequent loading screens that you will be faced with. Overall this game is just worth a rental. It could have been so much better.
Review Score: 5.0/10