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Video Game reviews

By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 26, 2001


Racin' Ratz

SYSTEM: Game Boy Color

MAKER: Mattel Interactive

PRICE: $29.99

Racin' Ratz takes players on a remote-control car ride through a full-size house. The object is to collect items by using one power-up after another, such as a spring that makes cars leap into the air or traction that lets cars climb walls. It's novel and fun.

Grade: B+

Little Nicky

SYSTEM: Game Boy Color

MAKER: Ubi Soft

PRICE: $29.99

Nicky is an above-average platformer with good graphics. The story is taken from the movie, which adds a lot of humor to this one.

Grade: C+

Micro Machines

SYSTEM: Game Boy Color

MAKER: THQ

PRICE: $29.99

Small cars, boats and tanks race around tracks littered with cards and SpaghettiO's in this mildly fun game. There are quite a few levels and even a multiplayer mode, in case some friends want to join in.

Grade: C+

F1 Championship Season 2000

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

MAKER: EASports

PRICE: $49.99

F1 Championship Season 2000 takes Formula 1 racing to the next level with polished graphics that don't pop up and disappear in the distance. The 22-member pit stops also show off the system's power, but this niche title is fun only for fans.

Grade: C+

Evil Dead: Hail to the King

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

MAKER: THQ

PRICE: $49.99

The movie was bad enough, but the game is far worse. Even improved visuals (from the PlayStation version) can't save this Resident Evil clone.

Grade: F

Evil Dead: Hail to the King

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: THQ

PRICE: $39.99

The PlayStation version is just as bad as the Dreamcast version. Kill monster after monster and run around. Hey, sounds like a horror flick.

Grade: F

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- Robb Guido is an avid gamer who lives in Tampa.

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