Speed-Kar is a classic game of cat and mouse combined with the combat strategy style of game, capture the flag. It features classic arcade action, as well as classic arcade graphics.
The user begins as a little Formula 1 style of car. He is yellow with big black tires, and begins the game facing up or ďnorthĒ in a maze. The maze has long, straight corridors, many turns and twists, short chutes as well as dead ends. It is green in color with a yellow bordering wall.
To the right, on the side of the green maze, is a very simplistic map that does not show a miniature of the maze, but rather shows some colored boxes. The boxes represent various items on the actual maze. There is a gray crosshair that represents the userís place on the maze. Also on the map are numerous green squares, which represent all of the flags that the userís car must pass over in order to advance to the ensuing levels. The moving red squares on the map represent the red enemy cars that are busy chasing the user around the maze. There are obstacles all about the maze which will also cause the userís death. Mines, stones, and other things that will immediately destroy the car if it strikes them.
Aside from the enemy cars, the flags and the obstacles on the maze, there are other bonuses for the user to grab up by driving over. There are bonus coins and additional fuel. There is a fuel bar on the right side of the screen above the miniature navigational map. The car constantly uses fuel as it moves around the tracks. It can expend a little extra fuel, if he has some to spare, and make a puff of smoke to confuse and misdirect the enemy. There are gas-tank like icons around the mazes that will give the user more fuel. If he runs out of fuel, he runs out of speed and will likely die.
As the user gathers all of the flags and advances to following levels, the speed of his car and the enemy cars will fluctuate. There will be less and different power ups and bonus coins and more obstacles. Moreover, there will be more enemy cars to try to avoid. Remember, there is no offense. The user must avoid the cars completely. Think of Speed-Kar as similar to Pac Man without the power pills.
Written by: ~Shannon