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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Monday, 17 September 2007

SkyRoads goes cute and cuddly in this game from Alpha 72 Games. Uziana.com took a gold chromate for a test drive.

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Few people will probably remember the release of SkyRoads for PC in 1993. The player was racing in futuristic space races on courses with lots of obstacles that required fast thinking and reflexes. Chromadrome 2 is very much like the old classic SkyRoads, but instead of controlling space ships you are controlling a gold chromate.

A gold chromate is a quantum particle which basically plays a game where it races down a track trying not to fall off. Of course there are a lot of obstacles, such as loops, fires, holes and so on.  The story behind Chromadrome 2 is cute, but lacks depth and evolvement.

Chromadrome 2 look amazing, Alpha 72 Games has done a great job in creating stunning visual effects.  There are lots of different colors, yet the game has style. The shading and the object glare in the game also looks fabulous.  Alpha 72 Games has developed a really good graphics engine for Chromadrome 2; the game has a nice sense of speed.

As you probably already know, graphics is far from the only thing a game needs to be great. Playing Chromadrome 2 actually takes some time getting used to. The little chromate is controlled using the mouse, controlling the game with the mouse takes more time to master but the chromate will respond faster.  At first the controls in Chromadrome 2 may seem odd, but the more you play the more they will make sense.

The playability in the game is great, it is fun and fast yet it requires some thinking and planning.  Chromadrome 2 has also proven to be quite addictive, and it is also fairly family friendly. However because of all the colors and speed it can be a hassle for epileptics.

Chromadrome 2 is a big game, you will gain access to bonus features as you make progress in the game. There are a lot of levels (100) and several game-modes. In the beginning you will have access to the arcade mode and later on the academy, chromaracing, time trial and warp. There is also a two-player mode, which is quite nice. However in order to take advantage of the two-player feature you need two mice.

The arcade mode is basically one chromate races down a track. In the academy you have the chance to do practice runs. Chromaracing is basically a race with competing chromates on a 3D-landscape instead of tracks, it is very much like a futuristic Super Mario Kart. In the Warp mode you will race a track that will gain speed as you go.

The soundtrack is perhaps the most disappointing part of the whole deal.  It isn’t very engaging and it always sounds like a doomsday track, or something out of a boring documentary. I would like some fast-paced music instead. Thankfully there is a feature so that you can select your own music.

Overall Cromadrome 2 is one of the nicest games around, it’s packed with features, bonuses and modes but also very addictive and fun to play. I just wish that the soundtrack would have been better; in that case this would have been 10 out of 10.

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Related: JetJumper
Developer: Alpha 72 Games
Website for Game: http://www.alpha72.com/Chromadrome2/chromadrome_2.htm
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Cost of Full Game: $19.95
Where to get:
Download Demo Here!
Year of Release: 2007

Requirements:
1.0 GHz Processor, 128 MB RAM, 32 MB VRAM
Tested on:
Intel Core2Duo 1,86 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista

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