What if you woke up today and decided, out of the blue, that you wanted to be a NASCAR/F1 champion? You race fast cars, make lots of money, and get kissed by fake women once you win trophies, also known as “the life.” If that sounds like your cup of warm gravy, you could do worse than subscribe to Danny Sullivan’s Indy Heat.
Instead of the behind-the-car view found in most NES racers, Indy Heat gives you a top-down view of the race which makes your cars look like Micro Machines; fear not, said smallness actually enhances the game. It’s a joy to see six tiny cars travel around a tiny track, all battling for their own bit of pint-sized glory.
The controls are spot-on, as they should be for a game that rewards good driving skills. Before each race, you have the option of spending money to make your car go faster, brake better, etc. The upgrades are good, but only necessary for later races. Better still: Indy Heat has four-player compatibility. Good thing too, since your only challenge in one-player is the yellow car a.k.a. Danny “The Iron Giant” Sullivan himself.
Crack open some brews, bust out a bunch of controllers, and some bountiful Bundt cake, and you’ll have an amazing alliterative NASCAR party. For those about to drive, we salute you.
PUBLISHER: Tradewest DEVELOPER: Leland (port by Rare)
GENRE: Racing RELEASE DATE: 08/1992 – (US), 1992 – (EU)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Amiga, ARC, C64, Atari ST