|Race to Galamax (c) Mind Mechanics|
Every 510 years a contest is held between rival nations of the interstellar planets. The reason behind the contest is for every civilization to test out their latest planetary defense systems in an effort to secure their dominance over the rest of the Galaxy. Since it would be considered an act of war if any one planet was to challenge another planets defenses, it was decided that an independent company called IDS (Interstellar Defense Systems) would have the "privilege" of fighting against the planets. You have been chosen to man the fastest equipped flying machine that IDS have created to weave and shoot your way through the hazardous planets. Your objective is to collect a certain amount of diamonds per level without being destroyed to successfully claim that planet as being conquered.
The name of this game is a little misleading. Race to Galamax is really a shoot em up with a time limit and enemies that don't move much. The idea is simple, find and shoot the droids and collect the diamonds, but there are obstacles to avoid too. You start out on a planet called Augerund and you are given an objective to find and destroy all the droids. Once you collect the allotted number of diamonds you move on to the next level. There are 3 levels on each planet and 7 planets to complete the race. Each level is harder and each planet is a bit different and in most cases harder then the last one.
My first impression of this game was that it was going to be
cool because it seemed to be a new idea, but upon playing for
a few hours I was very disappointed. The first thing that started
to get to me was the annoying background music. At first it
seemed kind of cool, it is upbeat and catchy, but it never
changes and starts to drone on after the first 2 levels. The
sound effects don't help much as they too are simple and
repetitive. The voice effects when you start and finish each
level are well done and serve the purpose. The controls of the
game are simple and snappy. I had no trouble using the
keyboard to move around and other then the occasional
clipping problem I have no complaints about the controls.
Graphics: 15 / 20
Overall Rating: 57/ 100