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  • Summary: (Known as "Wheelspin" in the UK/EU) SOLO mode - with phantom cars and racing lines to guide you. RACE mode - go head-to-head against 7 friends or computer AI drivers. BATTLE mode - blast your opponents with massive weapons. 30 levels of dramatic racing action. Roller coaster race tracks(Known as "Wheelspin" in the UK/EU) SOLO mode - with phantom cars and racing lines to guide you. RACE mode - go head-to-head against 7 friends or computer AI drivers. BATTLE mode - blast your opponents with massive weapons. 30 levels of dramatic racing action. Roller coaster race tracks with loops, twists, and hairpin turns. Stunning terrains set on colorful planets, floating asteroids, and space stations. Progressive level-unlock structure - play your way to the top of the innovative 3D pyramid menu. Engine upgrades and other car mods - over 160 variations to 6 basic cars. Off-track secret bonuses and hidden shortcuts. Use boost pads to make incredible jumps and accelerate into the SPEED ZONE! Revisit unlocked tracks with enhanced cars to set an overall Apex Score Rating. Unlock all levels, find all the secrets, earn all the bonuses and medals. [Detn8] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. Unfortunately, the third-party genre offerings on this console are not particularly numerous, and most racing titles out there range from the abysmal to the merely mediocre. But if the Wii is your primary console gaming platform, you're avid about arcade-style racers, and you can tolerate a steep, steep learning curve, Speed Zone may be worth a look.
  2. 60
    Speed Zone is not a terrible game as much as it is one that seems to try too hard to impress.
  3. 50
    While the outrageous roller coaster inspired tracks and arcade-themed charm where enough to bring a smile to my face, Speed Zone's charm is inevitably overpowered by a lackluster control scheme and a barrage of all-to-frequent deaths.
  4. It's well intentioned but underfunded. [Christmas 2009, p.64]
  5. 35
    There are parts to like about Speed Zone and it wins some merit badges for the split-screen option. What doesn't go over well is perhaps one of the most crucial parts to a racing game, the ability to control your vehicle.
  6. Had the handling and collision detection been improved, then Wheelspin might actually have been a good game. [Issue#91, p.114]
  7. You might as well chuck your money down the drain instead. At least you'll be able to control where it's going.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    6
    This game is an interesting mix between fun and frustration and can be quite enjoyable if you don't take it too seriously. It has high speedThis game is an interesting mix between fun and frustration and can be quite enjoyable if you don't take it too seriously. It has high speed racing on whacked out tracks, the ability to upgrade your car as you progress through the game and even a battle mode. The main thing letting it down is the poor control you have over your car. The faster you go the more responsive the controls are, but to the point where the tiniest adjustment sends you flying off the track. At slow speeds it is even worse, with sluggish response times making you constantly over correct. I found I was most successful staying at a medium speed by avoiding all of the turbo boosts, with this technique I was able to stay on the track for most of the race. I only tried the multi player with two people which quickly became boring as there are no AI controlled racers in the multi player races. But with more players it could be fun, in small doses, before the frustration kicks in. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2015
    5
    The biggest issue with this game is handling . Slow or fast, whether you drive on the turbo pads or not, just a small movement of your WiiThe biggest issue with this game is handling . Slow or fast, whether you drive on the turbo pads or not, just a small movement of your Wii Wheel to the side and the car just goes flying off the track, and often you have to wait several seconds before you can respawn on the track. Also, i didn't like how the same tracks are used more than once, with the tracks re-used in reverse or just in the same way again. Battle mode is quite fun, but overall this game is somewhat disappointing . Expand
  3. AnonymousMC
    Aug 22, 2009
    0
    Ugly, unresponsive,unorigina, utter crap.
  4. JA
    Jan 1, 2010
    0
    Its a racing game where you have nearly no control of where your driving.