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  Stakes Winner - ©Saurus 1995 (Review 2)

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1 or 2 player

Sports/Horse racing

98 Megs
Japanese Name:

Stakes Winner

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Stakes Winner is one of those games I see on an MVS and usually pass up for the more popular titles, but for this review I decided to actually play the game to see what it had to offer.

Well I was a bit surprised! This game starts out with a pleasant surprise - the NeoGeo startup screen has ... drums! Neat. ;) The music continues on the upbeat tempo with some nice screens of horses with jockies on them. The big question: after seeing this do I drop a quarter into it and start playing? Sure! I tried it out to see if I could become a horse racing fan on the NeoGeo.

The gameplay? Basically you choose from 8 horses, all with different levels of strenghts... I chose White Heat for my first horse since he was the default choice. I have to admit I did horrible on the first race - I finished 4th. :( But the good news is it was definately time to insert another quarter and try to beat this sucker. So after continuing the game I decided I would read the instructions a little more. Turns out that I was using the wrong button. I tapped the A button like crazy and somehow got 1st place. Not bad huh? Well the 2nd race was not so easy. I came in 6th place. This game is quite frustrating to me because I can't get into the idea of tapping a button to control a horse. Well I dropped another quarter anyway, and decided to try another horse. This time it was US Fighter. The speed level in this horse's strengths list was impressive and I just thought it would be easier to win with him. Boy was I wrong. The race was a longer track and this horse had terrible stamina rating - I lost horribly. Well I tried another game with another horse and learned how to pass other horses and keep the speed up fairly decent - won 2 races in a row. That was it for me. ;)

Overall this is a decent title for the NeoGeo - but paying $275 US dollars for it is something I can't imagine anybody doing. I would say $40 would probably be the most I would ever pay for a game of this quality. I will probably play this game again, because I would like to see how far I can get regardless of how silly it seems to be tapping buttons to win a horse race. ;)

Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 7/10
Game play: 6/10
Replay Value: 7/10

Overall Rating: 7/10

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