Lets head to the beach for some thrills n’ spills in this action packed racer from Sega.
Differing from the many other arcade racers of the time, power Drift added the choice of which vehicle and indeed which driver to choose for the adrenaline fueled race. Beach buggies are the auto-mobile of choice, massive wheels, huge tyres with chunky grip and roaring engines for that burst of power through the off road circuits.
Drivers come in all shapes and sizes, mohican hair styles, shaved heads, the list goes on, all with their unique style of insult as they pass each buggy on the way to victory, adding to the personal reasons for winning.
As with most of the cabs from Sega, the onus is on size, and as usual they never held back. Steering wheel, gas and brake pedal, the driving experience is authentically controlled, however there are noticeable differences in gameplay, such as winding overhead man-made tracks from timber and narrow sandy causeway’s to navigate, a difficult task indeed only made more intense by the sudden loss of grip and the passing or overtaking of other cars.
Racing against the clock, fighting for position, the checkpoint looms over the horizon to give way to yet another lap in the fun-filled facade which in itself is a challenge matching the speed of the scenery hurtling past. No time to stare, eyes on the track as all your wits are needed if you’re to finish in the top three to qualify for the next race, opening the door to varying tracks and circuits with harder and faster opponents.
Simplicity and speed, coupled with a fun, addictive challenging experience. The hall-mark of what makes a good arcade game great, and indeed Sega delivered in Power Drift.
The idea may not be an original one, however to take an idea from other classics, such as Out Run and turn it on its head by throwing buggies and sand into the mix, the meandering madness is second to none as this arcade classic provides thrills and spills for the player to enjoy.
Worth getting into the driver seat for!
Review by Rob Joy.