(Namco, 1990)

Introduction and Story:

Although the Turbografx-16 didn't have a lot of third party companies behind it, they still had one of the biggest names out there in my opinion. Namco is world famous for creating a bunch massive arcade hits like Pac Man, Pole Position, and Galaga. In fact they still love to whore off many of these titles today to several Museum collections and you can even see crap on there like Xevious too. Anyway my point is it would have been easy for Namco just to port over a few of their arcade hits and then just count the easy loot (like with the awesome Galaga 90 and the lamea$$ Pac Land) but they still made some original ideas too like in this cool Final Lap Twin game here. After the original success of Pole Position in the early 1980's, Namco was popping out driving games like crazy and one of the spin offs out there is a arcade game called Final Lap. The cool thing about this driving game is that some editions could be linked up for multi-player options. This Turbografx-16 exclusive that got this horrible new name not only includes split screen action much like Super Mario Kart (although this was first) so you can easily play with a friend, but the game also has this very interesting role playing mode where you're a young kid trying to win a world championship. Yup, this could very well be the first ever Driving/RPG ever made!

The game play and bottomline:  
In the game's adventure mode you start out the game as your Hulk Hogan look-a-like dad give you some cash and then you get to walk around a virtual universe on a mission to gain experience and race other challengers. Just like in any other RPG's out there say like the original Final Fantasy or Dragon Warrior, a battle can happen suddenly but instead of putting out swords and trying to kill one another you actually race it out for cash. Unique concept to say the least. All this is important to earn much needed money so you can upgrade your ride and find important items like rare engines and such. The RPG is fun but it also looks like crap with dinky small characters and the password system can be annoying too thanks to all the different characters you have to write down. Sorry, no save feature here.

If you don't like all that RPG stuff you could just race in the arcade modes for fun in the different single player and two player modes. Although the racing itself is rather basic, at least it's there. Final Lap Twin may look and sound average (my friend actually started to get sick from playing it because of the choppy old school frame rate) but the game is loaded with a great list of extras and is still quite unique compared to standard racers like Rad Racer or Victory Run. If you want something different then you gotta check this out. It's not as good as a lap dance by twins though.
Here is my 8 minute video review of Final Lap too!

overall rating: 61/100

Find Final Lap Twin on eBay here!

For 1 or 2 players
Rated (E) for Everyone

graphics: 5/10
sound: 5/10
gameplay: 8/10
replay: 8/10

(Ryan Genno) 2009

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