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LinuxFocus.org: Game Review - Tux Racer

Jan 06, 2001, 20:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Harald Radke)

"Tux Racer is a lovely game, it provides nice detailed graphics, sounds and music. There are several different tracks to challenge. There are still some flaws, for example right now there is neither a multiplayer option nor can you compete with computer opponents. But these issues can be found in the list of future improvements, so let's hope they will be implemented soon. Same is with the possibility to change settings from within the game via menus."

"There is another "problem": performance. On my box which is an AMD K6-3 with 450 MHz, a TNT2 M64 card, XFree 4.0.1 and Nvidia's GL drivers, version 0.95, I achive framrates between 8-14 frames per second (with default settings in the config file), depending on the window size/screen resolution. By changing graphics settings I could slightly improve the framerate but didn't experience a real breakthru."

"However, the game is more than just playable, though the background might not move smoothly when turning, the race itself isn't really affected by the low framerate! (He, maybe the framecounter is broken, I mean 8 fp/s is really low but even then the game is playable...) All in all this game is worth the effort to be downloaded, compiled and installed."

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