1000 Miglia is a game based on the famous 1000 miles rally that takes place every year in Italy using only 1930's race cars. This game was released on both C64 and Amiga.
I'm gonna talk about the good stuff first. After putting the 1000 Miglia disk in the drive and loading it, you are presented with a very beautiful intro screen (the Simulmondo logo) and an excellent music. After a short time and a couple of more spins of your disk, the main menu comes up. You are given the option to restore a game, choose from real pilots, create your own pilot or change the language to Italian. Choosing from real pilots is fun, since the game provides you with some background information for each driver and their cars. Creating your own pilot characteristics and choosing a car for him is even more fun. Both the save-game ability and the ability to change the language were nice touches.
After finishing each stage you need to use your hard-earned money to buy spare parts for your car. This adds a nice element to the game. Anytime during the race you can check the map and evaluate your progress.
Sound fun so far, eh? Well here is where the whole crumbles, because the actual racing part of the game stinks. Gone are the excellent graphics, instead they are replaced by very poorly designed cars, tracks and backgrounds. The driving of the car is as boring as hell. The tracks are straight most of the time and even when they bend, it doesn't require much effort to stay on them. The engine sound is very annoying. The whole thing is just too pathetic to be called a racing game.
With the first half of the game being very well done and the racing part being so abysmal, it seems that the developers were competent enough, but they blew all their budget (and time) halfway through the development and then had to rush the rest of the game out of the door. This game sucks, stay clear of it. Go play the Amiga version instead.
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|GRAPHICS - 5/10|
|The intro screens are excellent, but the rest are crap. The objects along tracks and cars are very poorly designed.|
|SOUND - 4/10|
|Although it has a very nice intro tune, it deserves such a low score for the horrendous in-game engine sound.|
|PLAYABILITY - 1/10|
|Gameplay is non-existent. Activision's Enduro on Atari 2600 is about ten years older and about a thousand times more fun to play.|
|OVERALL - 2/10|
|This game is as much fun as listening to the whole Billie Holiday albums collection in one day. If you happen to like Billie Holiday, it is as much fun as listening to the whole Eminem collection in one day. If you happen to like both Billie Holiday and Eminem, this game is as much fun as spending one day without any hallucinating drugs.|