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Those of you who liked to street race when you were young and reckless (or those of you planning to in a few years) can now relive those years in Test Drive 6. Select from 12 sports and muscle cars and race on one of 24 different tracks set among 12 real world locales such as Honolulu, London, and San Francisco. There's even a Cop Chase mode wherein you get to nab other drivers and write up tickets, thus seeing (or foreseeing) your reckless years from the other point-of-view.
Once you enter your name in the main screen, you can head out for a single race or enter a tournament. A battery in the game pak keeps track of your progress, letting you look at everything from your high scores to your best track times and all your vehicles and their upgrades. The single race is really more of a practice run since the tournament is where the meat of the game is.
There are six tournaments in all, each tougher than the last. There are three races in each tournament, and as you move through the tournaments the races get longer, starting with two laps each and increasing to eight laps in the final round of races, the Winner's Cup. You must finish in at least third place to move to the next race. The tournaments must be played in succession, and when you've completed all of them you will unlock the Mega Cup, which has bonus tracks and secret vehicles.
Depending on how well you fare in each race, you will earn money to upgrade your cars as well as power-ups in four different areas, top speed, acceleration, traction and power bursts. Power bursts are used during the race to give you speed boosts and aren't replenished between races. You can horde up to 99 of them.
If you want a break from racing, you can select one of four police cars and enter Cop Chase mode. In this game you have one minute to pull over as many racers and write them tickets as you can. Every ticket adds to your tournament bankroll, which goes toward buying more cars.
Test Drive 6 is playable on the original Game Boy as well as the Game Boy Color. It's for one player only. ~ Brad Cook, All Game Guide