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ZOOM Full Throttle
$24.95 (DOS) (Jewel Case w/ Color Cover) (FULLTHPJ)
On other systems you can use ScummVM to run this.

LucasArts

Game

Ratings:

90% from PC Gamer

Thumbs up from New Media

B from Just Adventure

Motorcycles. Mayhem. Murder.

A Heavy Metal Adventure by Tim Schafer

One minute you're on the road, riding. Not a care in the world. Then some guy in a suit comes along, says he's got a deal for you and your gang. But when you come to, you've got a lump on your head, the law on you back, and a feeling in your gut that the road you're on is about to get a lot rougher...

Beat up. Busted. Mad. Ben's been double-crossed before. But this time they messed with his gang, they trashed his bike, and they're about to come back for more.

Chain saws. Tire irons. Semi trucks. Everything's coming after Ben at once. Trouble's riding his back so tight it makes the leather squeak. He's got to out-fight it, out-smart it, and out-run it if he wants to survive.

Suits. Cops. Minivans. The society that cast him out long ago wants him back -- Dead or Alive. A faceless legal system wants Ben for murder. A greedy executive wants him for money. A mysterious woman wants him for revenge.

What they're all gonna get is up to you.

Blow your mind with butt-kicking graphics, brutal puzzles, and a head-on collision of action and adventure!

Blow your speakers with movie-quality sound and a full digital score featuring the Gone Jackals - an authentic hard-hammerin' biker band!

Blow your money on another game, or kick-start your computer and go -- FULL THROTTLE!

Synopsis:

A cinematic adventure game combining both 2D and 3D animation. Full Throttle paints its hardened road warriors against the backdrop of a futuristic setting. Ben, hardcore biker and gang leader, has been framed for the murder of a prominent citizen, Malcom Corley. Separated from his gang and a fugitive from the law, Ben determines to find the true murderer, clear his own name, and rescue the sole heiress of the Corley Motorcycle Company. The game balances between a rich storyline and action-packed scenes which include explosive gang wars, first-person road sequences, and a climactic showdown between the rival Vulture and Polecat gangs.

Requirements:

MS DOS 5.0 or greater, 486DX/33 minimum, Double-speed CD-ROM, MPC Level 2 or better (300k/sec. rate on 486 while using no more than 60% CPU time), 8 MB RAM, 1 MB available hard disk space, 256 Color VGA required, Local Bus or PCI video card, Keyboard, Microsoft 100% compatible mouse, joystick optional. Sound cards supported: SoundBlaster, SoundBlaster Pro, SoundBlaster 16, AWE 32, Pro Audio Spectrum, Ensoniq Soundscape, Gravis UltraSound, and 100% compatibles.

Reviews:

PC Gamer, August 1995

"The opening sequence LucasArts created is one of the most stunningly effective I've seen in a game. Plenty of games start with a bang and end with a whimper, but Full Throttle's not one of them. This is a rollercoaster ride of an adventure, a stylistic masterpiece that truly deserves the "interactive cartoon" moniker. From start to finish, every element - plot, score, characters, dialogue, artwork, animated cut scenes, and soundtrack - works together almost perfectly, creating an astounding experience that feels as much like a movie as it does a game."

"One of the first things that sucks you into the action is the soundtrack, LucasArts hired the Gone Jackals to do much of the music in the game, and the results are incredible. It's the best soundtrack I've heard, hands-down, and adds immensely to the movie-like ambience of the graphics and plot. The voice acting, too, is outstanding. Roy Conrad, the voice of Ben, is superb in his characterization of the slow-to-anger biker who just wants a little peace of mind. However, Mark Hamill, who does the voice of Ripburger and two other characters, none of which sound remotely alike, really steals the show."

New Media, September 1995

"Grease your hair back and fire up the Harley - Full Throttle is here. This fun animated game puts you in the motorcycle boots of Ben, a biker who's after the creeps who messed with his gang and busted his hog. Playing is a blast; you fight off the bad guys while searching for the parts to put your beloved bike back together.

"Exploring each scene is a hoot, and Ben's reactions, like his expression when he encounters a rabid pit bull, are hilarious. But to make headway, you must perform tasks in a precise fashion that detracts from the fun. Game play can be a bit frustrating; in many scenes you're living out a story line that's limited to one direction. But it's still enjoyable, and it will take you back to those days when you beat the highway into submission while lying back on your trusty chopper."

Just Adventure by Jenny Guenther

"Anyone who has ever played a LucasArts game knows they generally have fluffy but entertaining plots, and this game is no exception... This game is a cartoon. The animation is great (it's a LucasArts game--that is one of their strengths, in my opinion). The cut scenes all look nearly TV-quality. There is some pixelation and some not-quite-so-smooth parts in the gameplay--I attribute it to the release date of 1994, when a 486 with Super VGA was state-of-the-art... I really liked the "camera angles" and points of view in this game..."

"...The puzzles in this game, however, are easier than usual because most of the inventory items get used in the same chapter in which you found them. Full Throttle also adds some arcade-y sequences. There is one place where you ride your motorcycle around and around on an old mine road, beating up other motorcyclists to gain more powerful inventory items with which to beat up yet other motorcyclists. You also participate in a demolition derby (this was the hardest part for me) where you have to steer clear of (or hit, as the case may be) other cars to reach an objective..."

"For the most part, I really enjoying this game, as with all LucasArts games. While it is not one of their better efforts, it is definitely worth the time it takes to play..."



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