Sunday, 31 August 2014

Classic PC DOS 'Mario Kart clone' Wacky Wheels getting an HD Remake

In the early 1990's if you were a PC only gamer, you missed out on a wealth of fantastic games on the 16-bit home consoles, but there were always alternatives. Apogee were one of the great developers of the time, churning out a plethora of enjoyable, console-like titles for DOS gamers. One of my personal favourites was their blatant clone of the insanely popular (and insanely awesome) SNES title Super Mario Kart. Featuring a similar graphical style, as well as cutesy critters in karts, it made no attempt to cover up the fact that it was trying desperately hard to be just like Nintendo's racer. But this mattered not as it was a great game in its own right. I had a great deal of fun racing around the well designed and colourful tracks, blasting the other racers with hedgehog weapons and bouncing over obstacles. Sure, it was nowhere near as good as Super Mario Kart, but it was a great alternative option.

Well, I am excited to tell you that there is a brand new HD remake in the works by indie developers Cascadia Games. They have secured the rights from Apogee and have released a video showing the progress of their remake so far. It is early days yet, but this looks to be shaping up into an impressive remake and a damn fun game to boot. The game will see life on both PC and iOS formats, but no release date has been set.

In the meantime, check out this video and see for yourself:

Keep your eyes peeled for more news on the official website here:

Wacky Wheels