Uchuu Race: Astro Go! Go! (宇宙レース アストロゴー！ゴー！, "Space Race: Astro Go! Go!") is a racing game for the Super Famicom system that is exclusive to Japan. A North American version was planned titled Freeway Flyboys, but was unreleased. The American version was reviewed in the July 1994 issue (Volume 62) of Nintendo Power which likened the game as a combination between F-Zero and The Care Bears (most likely referencing the 1985-88 television series produced by DIC Entertainment and Nelvana). The cancelled North American version said that the game took place on the planet Daisy Age, but it really took place on several planets. The name Daisy Age was probably a slight reference to the "Daisy World" scenario in the computer game SimEarth; which was an exploration of climate change in a planet full of daisies.
Although the game is in 3D, there is no rotation in the game; giving the feel that the player is racing in a single line rather than a circuit (like in Cruis'n USA). Speeds up to 800 kilometres per hour (500 mph) can be achieved with the speed booster.
Unlike F-Zero, losing the race due to death (falling in pits, running out of energy, etc.) is impossible because the rescue vehicle is always available to rescue players. The services of the rescue vehicle are used when the player is stuck in an unrecoverable situation or when the player falls into the bottomless pit. Around the same year that Uchuu Race: Astro Go! Go! was released, Mortal Kombat II and Mutant League Hockey would lure the majority of gamers away from video games without blood and violence. Players have a choice between a time trial mode and a Grand Prix mode. In the Grand Prix mode, the player is given five chances to get third place or better. Losing five times will ask the player to cheer up (i.e., continue the game using the standings earned prior to getting disqualified), but the sixth loss will lead to game over.
The player's top five total times and the player's fastest lap are stored in the game's internal battery. All fifteen courses can be played from the time trial mode, even those that have never been raced on Grand Prix mode. However, the game is single-player only because the game couldn't operate on a split-screen multiplayer mode without massive levels of slowdown.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Release information. GameFAQs. Retrieved on 2008-05-09
- ↑ Super Famicom Central. Tiscali. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007 Retrieved on 2008-05-09
- ↑ Japanese title. JPSnes. Retrieved on 2008-05-09
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Now Playing". Nintendo Power (Volume 62): 106. July 1994.
- ↑ Freeway Flybots Preview. Lost Levels. Retrieved on 2008-05-10