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Dink Racer

Description
"Grab the gold and avoid the stones, that's what it's all about in this arcade-like game!"
Released:September 15th, 2002
File Size:501.32 KB
Release Notes:v1.00
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September 19th, 2002
v1.00
Score : 5.5 fair
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Simeon
Peasant Male Netherlands
Any fool can use a computer. Many do. 
Well, the whole idea is to get the gold and avoid the rocks. There are a few things that could be done for a possible next version but I'll first tell something about this version. Dink walks on a road and he has to get the gold. Each time you get gold, you also get experience and you can go up a level. There are more rocks on the road when you've reached a higher level but that's about it. However, the rocks don't move at the same speed as the road so they look like moving rocks, not like rocks that are really there. The game never gets hard, there are just more rocks to avoid.

This version doesn't offer much, only the basic concept of the game. The game does what it should do but it feels a bit like it isn't really done. For example, it would've been nice if there was more variation in the rocks and landscape. The game would be much nicer if there are trees and bushes. Of course, these should also move. Then you can think of things like more things to pick up, not only gold but also things like the characters of 'Dink Racer' and if you got them all, you'd get more gold if you've reached the end of the level. The levels could end somewhere, like Dink should do only five levels on a screen, then he could be teleported to an other landscape (like snow), to keep the game interesting. And what about the gold? Perhaps Dink can buy Boots somewhere so he can walk faster, or special power-ups to remove rocks. I mean, a later version could be much more than only the basic concept and it's an arcade game, so why not?. The author could also think about High Scores. The game would load the savegame with the scores and the player could try to get a new high score. Gee, looking at what I just wrote, this version really isn't great

There's also a bug and it happened when I died. Don't worry, that's just to test the game, the game is very easy so it's not really possible to die. Anyway, I just walked into the very first rocks and died. I didn't get any gold or anything, so I also didn't achieve something. I continued the game at level 1 but then Dink just freezes (he doesn't idle, he just freezes).
I should also say that there are some minor errors in the readme. The game should be started with Dink.exe -game racer (not with -game dink) and there's only one new midi, not two. Also, the author's e-mail is incomplete.

It's a nice start for an arcade game but it could be much more. The score I've given is just for this version, if the author makes a better version, the score could easily go up.