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Wednesday, January 24, 2001
Crazy Car Q&A
11:36 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Yes, we realize Synaptic Soup and their multiplatform Cipher engine
have received quite a bit of press lately, and they don't have much substance to show for it. However we are still going to fill you
in on a new interview with the team, because this article focuses on their
first title to use the engine, Crazy Car Championship. The game itself
it still likely a year from completion, but this is shaping up to be a fun (and visually stunning) take on the 'kart
genre' (ala Cro-Mag Rally or Mario Kart). The Q&A at discusses
the game's setting, type of cars and characters as well as the game's style.
Here's an excerpt with more:

[]: In the press release you use the sentence ‘Jules Verne meets Flash Gordon in The Cannon Ball Run,’ what do you mean with that?

Vince Farquharson: Jules Verne meets Flash Gordon refers to the look of the game which mixes Victorian and 50'’s visions of sci-fi together to create a unique aesthetic. The Cannon Ball Run is a movie about a race, where there were no rules on what vehicle you could enter. If you could build it or buy it and then get it on to the starting line, it was in. That’s pretty much what you do in CCC, winning races gains you money that can be spent on buying a wide range of components that radically change the look and feel of you car. The races will see a mad mix of hybrid contraptions, which each contestant feels is going to win them the race.

The engine will allow the game to run on Mac, PC, Linux, along with the next-gen
consoles, though it's really up to the publisher to decide which platform they wish to support. The Cipher game engine can cross-compile to any of those platforms almost instantly, and has already been demonstrated running on a Mac Powerbook (with 4 MB of VRAM, no less!) so we're sure we'll see future games based on this engine on our platform.
We're sure when the time comes, a Mac friendly-outfit such as Aspyr, MacPlay, or
GraphSim will pick up the ball and run with it.

IMG News: Synaptic Soup Dev Diary
IMG News: Another Cipher Q&A
Synaptic Soup's Crazy Car Championship Web Site Crazy Car Championship Q&A

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