In Hot Wheels you take the part of Skidmark Sam
standing in a very upmarket showroom. In front of you
is a selection of six flashy cars, ranging from a dashing
blue Corvet to a maroon Austin Martin. However, if Sam
doesn't like the look of any of the original cars, he
can always do it himself. All you have to do is pop
along to the factory and build a car to your personal
specifications. Stationed at the production line, Sam
can assemble a car with front, passenger and end sections
of his own choice. Then it's off to the paint shop for
a quick technicolour spray job and he's ready to go!
on the streets, Sam can begin to get to grips with his
new megamobile. He discovers the horn and the rather
jovial screeching sounds as he slams on the breaks or
changes direction when travelling at rather excessive
package consists of several mini 'games' any of which
can be accessed at anytime during play.
Once you've got to grips with the car, it's time
to find out how much of a competent driver you really
are. There are three other cars also competing and they
all want to mash Sam into little bits. The car becomes
slightly more difficult to control due to the dirt-track,
and slides to and fro. Can you beat the other cars and
emerge the victor? If you do, Sam's car will get very
dirty and will no doubt need a. . . .
Simply drive round to the Car Wash and let the automatic
machinery take over. After the rinse and blow dry, Sam's
car will emerge gleaming. The light will turn from red
to green and off you go again along the highway.
After all this hurtling around, Sam's car will be in
need of some gas. At the gas station you can begin to
control Bob, the gas attendant. Walk him to the pump
and then, with a quick flick of the fire button, fill
the tank, which is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Having checked the tyre pressure, Bob can then go back
to his hut for a nice cuppa and Sam can continue on
Sam is a part-time fireman and so has access to the
fire station where he can pick up the fire engine and
drive it away. Hurtling along in the shiny red engine,
Sam encounters a house on fire. He rushes to the rescue,
brakes squealing as he grinds to a halt alongside a
fire hydrant. A pressure hose gracefully emerges from
the top of the engine. Pressing 'fire' unleashes a spurting
jet of water which Sam can aim at the relevant flame-filled
windows. If he succeeds in putting out the fire before
the water runs out, he can return home a hero. If not,
the house is burnt to a cinder leaving only an area
of charred grass where the house once stood.
If you have ever changed the oil in a car you will know
what a messy business it is and this is no exception.
Once the car has been raised on the hydraulic lift,
work can begin in earnest. Walk the mechanic to the
right of the car and watch the dipstick measure the
amount of oil Sam has left. Once done, Sam can then
see how much oil is collecting in the container at the
bottom of the screen. Try and catch as much oil in the
barrel as possible because if you let any spill, the
poor old mechanic will go head over heels and crash
to the floor. When the oil stops dripping, you refill
the oil pan until the dipstick shows 'maximum'. Lower
the car and Sam can happily drive away. Servicing can
also be done at the tune-up Station where your engine
gets the once over automatically.