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Miracle Designs racing games

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One game for the price of four!

Miracle Space Race, Rascal Racers, XS Airboat Racing and ATV Racers are racing games developed by Belgian studio Miracle Designs for the PlayStation between 2002 and 2004.

Why They Suck

  1. Despite being marketed as different titles, the four games are literal reskins of each other with almost identical gameplay, similar to Ninjabread Man and its clones, the worst one is first one in the series (that game being Miracle Space Race) as it is nothing but a boring space track.
  2. All of these games are a rip-off of the Mario Kart series.
  3. Little replay value.
  4. Very short length, all of these games can be beaten in only 22 minutes.
  5. No multiplayer mode.
  6. All four of these games have little to no story in them.
  7. No voice acting in all of the games.
  8. You do not have the ability to save your progress in any of the games! Although there is a save prompt in the options, it doesn't work.
    • On that topic, the characters have some pretty strange names, for example, Paulie the Beaver and Ahab the Bear.
  9. The characters that ride the vehicles don't do anything apart from occasionally turning their heads left or right.
  10. Although they may not look like it, all of the characters have different stats such as speed and acceleration in their gameplay, but you wouldn't be able to know that due to the fact that all of the games never tell you that they have states (unless you looked it up), and to add insult to injury, the games don't even tell you what their good at and what their bad at.
  11. If you get hit by an AI while having a power up, you lose that power up.
  12. The front of the covers (not the ones you're seeing right now) have very poor art-style, all of them look like something out of an early 1990s cartoon.
  13. All of these games have only three tracks in total.
  14. All of the game's tracks are very short, so if you play this game in only three laps (which is the primary lap for almost all racing-type games), you can literally beat each track in a minute and a half!
  15. Pitiful graphics. In all four games, you control the same blocky, low polygon animals (Rocco the Racoon's head looks like a boat with a smiling face drawn on it) on a barely distinguishable vehicle, racing on empty, dull tracks. To add insult to injury, both the original Metal Gear Solid game and Crash Bandicoot: Warped were made six years earlier and still have better looking graphics.
  16. Awful, unresponsive controls. It takes a whole second for your character to turn into any direction. The AI, however, doesn't have that problem, making all of these games almost impossible to beat.
  17. Awful music that loops forever.
  18. Crappy power ups in all of these games.
  19. Very limited soundtrack, as there are only three songs.
  20. All tracks in the four games are more or less identical and are very generic, with no obstacles or hazards to be found, making all of these games somewhat easy.
  21. The prequel, Merlin Racing on the Nuon is an even worse expanded version of these games with a bad story mode, worse controls, terrible track design, etc.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The concept was interesting.
  2. At least all of these games are simple for kids to understand.

Tips

  • Four games feature two cheat codes:
    • To unlock all cups and courses, press respectively L1, L2, R2, R1, Left, Right, Square, and Circle.
    • To unlock all racers, press respectively Left, Right, L1, R2, R1, L2, Square, Circle

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