Jalopy com­puter game £9.99

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Product News -


Fed up with com­puter games where you race pris­tine Fer­raris, As­ton Martins and Jaguars? Jalopy is very – and de­light­fully – dif­fer­ent. You start out with a de­crepit Laika 601 Deluxe (ba­si­cally a Tra­bant) which you have to re­build with scrap­yard parts, then head off across East Ger­many for the West, mak­ing money to keep your car go­ing by scav­eng­ing or smug­gling. Chunky graph­ics and muted hues do a good job of con­jur­ing up the murky, rather tech­no­log­i­cally back­ward at­mos­phere of the 1980s’ crum­bling Com­mu­nist Bloc, with roads in­hab­ited by Ladas, Volk­swa­gen Bee­tles and MkI Golfs. The game is ‘early ac­cess’ at the mo­ment, mean­ing it’s still be­ing de­vel­oped, based on user feed­back, and will be con­stantly up­dated to re­move bugs. Don’t ex­pect Gran Turismo lev­els of re­al­ism and ve­hi­cle physics, but do ex­pect quirk­i­ness, fun and a con­stant bat­tle against di­lap­i­dated ma­chin­ery. Richard Gunn


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