CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars is a mod for the unreleased Dreamcast game called CATS: Crash Team Racing Online. The game was eventually canceled after the release. No definite reason was given for the cancellation. However, it was later revealed that Nintendo’s internal team had partly developed the game concept while working on other games. Their idea was to create a game where you played as one of many crash team drivers that compete with each other in the game’s arena. It would have been an online racing game similar to Mario Kart, but with a twist…
The basic idea behind CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars is quite simple. Your objective is to earn points and finish your race as fast as possible. However, what makes the game exciting is the ability to personalize your character. There are six available characters to choose from: Crash Bandicoot, Tiny Tiger, Dr. Neo Cortex, Tiny Tiger, and Dr. Neo Cortex. Each of these characters has his/her own special characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and advantages.
The game is split into two segments, which are: Halloween Express and Starlight. The first segment, called Halloween Express, involves racing against the machine in-game and collecting stars. The goal in this segment is to crash the fastest machine out of three in the Starlight Forest. The goal in the second segment, called Starlight Forest, is to collect five stars, and the machine in a game must be equipped with an engine to do so.
This game looks quite colorful and cartoon-like, at least from the main view. The music is quite fun to listen to. The overall graphics, as well as the effects, are well done. Some people have commented that the computer speakers don’t pick up the sounds quite well, but that is easily fixed.
The controls for the game aren’t complicated to learn. It is easy enough to play with a keyboard, but if you’d like more precise control, acoustic keyboards can be purchased to improve your ability to control the characters. The game’s difficulty can also be increased by choosing different power-ups that are available throughout the game. Power-ups allow you to destroy multiple targets, launch yourself into the air, or perform various tricks that can help you score points.
The game can be somewhat short when it comes to entertainment value. It isn’t very long, but when playing for only thirty minutes or so it can get boring. Besides, the graphics are not very detailed. It’s not bad, but it just doesn’t have that much detail that other platform games have. However, for those looking for an enjoyable time racing on foot, CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Steins will meet your expectations. It is one of the most fun games on the Wii, and anyone who enjoys playing games on foot and in an open environment will enjoy this one.