Dukes of Hazzard: Racing For Home - PC

Also known as: Sherif - Fais Moi Peur

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Dukes of Hazzard: Racing For Home (PC)
Also for: PlayStation, Game Boy Color
Viewed: 3D Third person, into the screen Genre:
Racing: Car
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: South Peak Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 30 Jun 2000 (GB)
Ratings: 11+


It’s the eighties! Ah yes, The Dukes of Hazzard on television was as much a part of a twenty-something’s escape from the grim realities of unfeasibly skimpy football shorts, Madonna in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ and the likes of Living In A Box clogging up the hit parade. The boy racers among us could dream of swapping the XR3i for a real piece of American muscle, the Duke boys' customised Dodge, The General Lee.

The good news is that The Dukes of Hazzard - Racing For Home, like the TV show, will not tax your brain too much. It’s a straight-down-the-line race and chase experience, with the merest of nods to the likes of Driver and Demolition Racer. There are 27 missions to complete, and as long as you can drive cleverly enough, and listen to Bo and Luke’s instructions, you’ll be able to outrun the marauding vehicles that are always on your tail. Just like on the telly!

Specific to the home computer, Dukes of Hazzard on PC clearly more advanced, both visually and technically. Textures are clean and fog is completely lacking, demonstrating a lovely draw distance. Difficulty settings are important when choosing to play, since each of them is decidedly different from the next. The challenge is extremely varied to suit all abilities. Stages of the game are also diverse and range from races, to being chased, to being the chaser.

The Dukes of Hazzard - Racing For Home certainly brings back a few memories, and kind of gives me a hankering for some more. In fact, let’s all lobby the BBC for a repeat run of the original series. Go on, put your foot down!