Alex JF

Micro Machines

  • Category: Games
  • Authors: Alexandre Fonseca, Pedro Luz, Inês Ranha
  • Start date: 2011/02
  • Version: 1.0
  • Status: Released

This game was made for the course of Graphic Computation during my 4th semester at Instituto Superior Técnico.

The aim of the game was to create a clone of the popular MicroMachines game in 3D using OpenGL and the provided CGLib which acts as a wrapper around GLUT.

The game has both a single-player mode and a multi-player mode. In single-player mode, you race by yourself and your objective is to minimize your lap time. In multi-player mode, you can play with a friend on a shared keyboard and your objective is to leave your opponent behind. When this happens, you gain one point and car positions are reset. Once you get a 5 point advantage over your opponent you win.

As you can probably tell by the pattern used in the background, the game is played on the top of a kitchen table in a track made of wood. There are various obstacles: static sugar cubes, pepper-throwing shakers, quick-closing gates and roaming cockroaches. Each time you collide with an obstacle you may lose speed (or stop altogether) and/or resistance. Once your car resistance gets to 0, your car is reset and you won't be able to move for 3 seconds. Keep in mind that once you complete a full lap you replenish some of your lost resistance.

The cars have a noticeable drift thus requiring some practice if you want to master the curves. They also have a turbo mode if you feel it is not going fast enough. You may choose from one of 3 different car models (keep in mind they are not very balanced when playing against an opponent).

There are also 2 different power ups that appear on the track as rotating coloured cubes. A green cube replenishes your car resistance and a red cube prevents you from losing resistance for a small period of time.

Controls:

  • Arrow Up/Down/Left/Right - Move the car of Player 1
  • W/S/A/D - Move the car of Player 2
  • End (Player 1) / Space (Player 2) - Turbo
  • Enter (Player 1) / r (Player 2) - Reset car position (if you get stuck for example)
  • n - Toggle night mode
  • ESC/Return/Arrow Up/Arrow Down - Navigate menus/selections
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