MICRO MACHINES V3 The Original FAQ Edition 0.99 by Matthew Sephton ============================================================================= CONTENTS 1.0 Introduction 1.1 The Game 1.2 Graphics 1.3 Sound Effects 1.4 Gameplay 1.5 Memory Cards 2.0 Playing Concepts 2.1 The Joypad 2.2 Driving 2.3 Vehicles 2.4 Courses 2.5 Power Ups 2.6 Shadow Racing 2.7 Modes of Play 3.0 Cheats 3.1 Hidden Options 3.2 Shortcuts 3.3 Turbo Starts 3.4 Hall of Fame 4.0 What Do You Know? 4.1 Contacting The Author 4.2 Release 4.3 E&OE 4.4 Thanks 5.0 Version history --- 1.0 INTRODUCTION This FAQ aims to be the definitive source of information for the PlayStation game Micro Machines V3, henceforth V3. It serves no other purpose. 1.1 THE GAME V3 is the first incarnation of Micro Machines on the Sony PlayStation. It follows a number of popular Micro Machines games on many other formats. It is unique in being the first 3D Micro Machine game. V3 is a Codemasters game and Micro Machines (R) is licenced from Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. Apparently, the game was two years in development and its release was put back repeatedly as Codemasters tweaked the gameplay. It was worth the wait as they have done a great job in coupling some neat 3D graphics with absolutely fantastic gameplay. They've also given the PlayStation the great multi-player party game it lacked. 1.2 GRAPHICS Some of the scenery in the game is astonishing. Jaws will certainly drop when the game is under way. Every part of the scenery is interactive in some way, even if that just means that you bounce of an object when you drive into it. Other objects do a bit more. Some nice objects you may want to examine are: snails, the dog, the cat, petri dishes, bees, dragon flies, cartons, boxes and bottles. 1.3 SOUND EFFECTS Most scenery objects have related sound effects, some of which add quite nice touches to a race. You might want to listen to the sound effects which go along with: bees, dragon flies, the dog, the cat, the mobile phone, bottles, glasses, cutlery and water or spillage hazards. 1.4 GAMEPLAY The game has a wealth of modes and options, and you'll only be able to get the most out of it if you try them all on different occaisions. As your skill improves, you will find that more of the game becomes appealing to you. You would be foolish not to do the go through driving school a couple of times to get the feel of the controls. Effective use of power ups and taking some aggressive driving lines are a definite requirement for serious play. Learning the courses may not be the nightmare you first think, and you will find that previously impossible looking targets become easily obtainable with more practice. 1.5 MEMORY CARDS You can store as many characters on a memory card as there are free slots, but be aware that the maximum number of players that can be loaded into the game at once is eight. It is also worth noting that as time records are beaten all players on the memory cards are updated. As is the case with those already loaded when swaps occur. Updating memory cards can take some time. It follows that the best time for a course is universal throughout all characters on a memory card. I don't know what would happen if you mix and match memory cards. --- 2.0 PLAYING CONCEPTS As with any other game playing skills will improve over time. Perseverance is the key. Character selection only dictates vehicle colour, so don't be too fussy in choice. Each vehicle handles differently so try not to concentrate on any particular one. 2.1 DRIVING It is essential that a good driving line is taken. You don't have to stay within the marked road, but you do have to make some effort in doing laps. If you do veer off the road then be sure to not miss out to big a distance or the game will decide that you've been trying to take an shortcut. Some corners are too tight to drive properly, so it is best to cut of bits here and there. It also may be more sense to lay off the gas or even break at some points to line yourself up with targets, gain more stability or to cause opponents to change their driving line or think a bit. 2.2 THE JOYPAD Here is a list of the default joypad buttons and their functions. Remember that when sharing a controller menu operation is as normal. BUTTON RACING MENU SHARING Left Turn left Cursor left P1 Brake Right Turn right Cursor right Use power up/horn Up Cursor up Left Down Cursor down Right Square Brake/Reverse P2 Use power up/horn Triangle Jump Cancel/previous menu Turn right Circle Use power up/horn Brake Cross Accelerate Accept/next menu Turn left L1 Jump R1 Jump L2 Drop power up R2 Use power up/horn Start Pause menu Accept/next menu 2.3 VEHICLES Statistics are given for each vehicle at Level 1. Vehicles are ordered by the total sum of the four characteristics, resulting in better vehicles being listed first. There are 32 vehicles in the game. NAME ACTUAL SPEED ACC. GRIP HAND TOTAL Beamer BMW Series 5 70 70 55 46 241 Jam Jar Police car 67 70 35 46 218 Tank 45 44 55 35 179 Micro Mini 50 58 30 40 178 Rig Articulated lorry 57 40 30 38 165 Speed Boat 43 36 25 42 146 Super Snail Citroën 2CV 36 32 17 32 117 Locust Lotus 7 Surf Wagon VW Caravanette 60s F1 Hovercraft APC Willys Jeep Duck Peace Wagon VW Beetle Dumper Barbarian Monster truck Conemasters Ice-cream van GT Racer Getting a vehicle that is already in your collection is not a bad thing, as it simply goes up a level. This means that it has slightly better statistics and may also be more difficult to be won in Keepsies. Each vehicle has a horn which is disctinct, except for tanks which fire shells. 2.4 COURSES There are 48 courses in total. Which courses are available to you depend on which game mode you are playing. The courses available for Time Trials are different than those available for Challenges which are listed below. BEGINNERS TRICKY Swerve Shot Pond Life Periodic Park Formula X Cheesey Jumps The Main Course Vindaloo Drive-Thru Beached Buggies Super Bowl DIFFICULT ADVANCED Baguette Balance Snail Trail Beware of the Dog ? Right on Cue ? Interesting Voyage ? Bucket and Speed ? Use scenery to your advantage, whether it is to get you around a corner faster (bounce off an object) or to slow you opponent down (bounce them into the scenery). Some scenery ahs side-effects, see Section 2.5. Watch out for uneven surfaces. Even slight imperfections, or small objects can throw you off course or hinder your driving. Use track-side objects to help you remmeber the layout of each course. 2.5 POWER UPS The a few power ups available and effective use is definitley required to get through anything past Beginner. They are the little green parcels that you see around the courses. Multi-coloured parcels are global power ups for every opponent on the track. ITEM NUM EFFECT Dynamite 3 Straight ahead in an arc. Can ricochet. Fire Ball '5 Explodes any contact. Harder to judge direction. Force Field 3 Repels any close opponents away. Mallet 3 Crushes any vehicle under it. Mines 3 Explodes vehicle that comes into contact. Missile 3 Straight ahead and level. Can ricochet. Turbo Boost ! Gives vehicle burst of acceleration and speed. Wheels of Fire '5 Half way to a fire ball. Sort of. SCENERY NUM SIDE EFFECT Green spillage '3 Causes fire ball. Milk ! Reduces grip. Red spillage '3 Causes invisibility. Transparent spillage ! Slows vehicle down. KEY: ! = instantaneous, '? = number of seconds. It is a good thing to figure out what each power up on a course is and then decide which one is most effective with your driving method and try to pick it up on each lap. This can be the difference between winning and losing a race, regardless of driving skill. Some power ups are hidden away. 2.6 SHADOW RACING When you complete a Time Trial your exact race movement is remembered and if you race the same course again, without loading a new one, then you can race against the shadow of your previous attempt. If you beat the shadow, then that new performance will replace it, if you don't then it won't. Simple. 2.7 MODES OF PLAY There are numerous modes of play, but they are all based on a couple of basic themes. These are discussed below, along with any other modes that deserve a special mention. SINGLE RACES The aim is to get all the lights down the side of the screen to your colour by getting far enough (about a screen) ahead of your opponent. The winner is the first to do this or the one who has the majority after the three laps. If you are equal after the laps, then the first to get ahead in a playoff is the winner. CHALLENGES This is the more normal race mode. you have to finish first or second to progress to the next course. To win a group, you must come first in the last race of the group. Vehicles are awarded for coming first in a race. DRIVING SCHOOL Learn the Micro Machine essentials here. HEAD TO HEAD Vehicles are awarded for completing a group. TIME TRIALS Vehicles are awarded for beating your current record. It is perfectly legitimate, in my book, to repeatedly race Time Trials and Challenges to further your vehicle collection. Even if you've completed them fully many times before. --- 3.0 CHEATS At current I don't know of any cheats for V3, but some useful bits and pieces are outlined below. 3.1 HIDDEN OPTIONS To start with you can race Beginner, Tricky and Difficult. On completion of these more groups become available. Difficult -> Advanced -> ? 3.2 SHORTCUTS It is important to remember that you don't have to stay within the confines of the marked road. It is beneficial most of the time to cut corners. In a few circumstances whole chicanes can be cut off, and as long as the computer controlled opponents stay follow the track you'll leave them behind. 3.3 TURBO STARTS If you start accelerating on the second bleep, then when the race starts you will get a Turbo Start. A proper, full Turbo Start is greeted with a message saying so on the screen. 3.4 HALL OF FAME If you think that you have a fast Time Trial record, then you may want to get it noticed for the fact. Codemasters offer a service as part of their web site, where you can enter your times intoa Hall of Fame. If they are good enough, they will be automatically placed under the relevant section. http://www.codemasters.com/ To do this you need to fill in your Name, Location and the verification code which is displayed under your time on the records screen. --- 4.0 WHAT DO YOU KNOW? If you have any additions which you think should be included in this FAQ then please send them to me as below. Already there are a number of questions that need answering. 1 Do you have any relevant information that would add to this FAQ? 2 Is it possible to actually reach the power-up on top of the Love Triangle? 3 Are there any proper cheats? 4.1 CONTACTING THE AUTHOR The author of this FAQ, Matthew Sephton, can be contacted by e-mail or through his web page (which contains information about Björk, other music, Monkey (Magic), the Sony PlayStation and is the place to download some of my Windows 95 shareware). e-mail: u5ms@csc.liv.ac.uk www: http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/~u5ms/ 4.2 RELEASE This FAQ is obtainable from various places on the Internet, but the latest version can always be downloaded from this URL: http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/~u5ms/PS/ I have written FAQs for Choro Q Racing/Penny Racers, Hermie Hopperhead, Motor Toon GP 2 and WipeOut 2097/XL which are also available. 4.3 E&OE All errors and omissions excluded. As far as I know the information in this document is accurate. Correct me if I'm wrong. Use at your own risk. 4.4 THANKS Original FAQ by Matthew Sephton. Thanks to my brother Chris Sephton for all his help and being fool enough to race me at Keepsies. -- 5.0 VERSION HISTORY 0.99, 08 Apr 1997 First public release to prompt for more information. Some tables are incomplete. --------------69B72095EDA-- *************************END of DOCUMENT****************************************************