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Blomby Car - Arcade (1994)

by Nick Zverloff - August 20, 2011

Blomby Car

Blomby Car, which is an incredibly stupid title for anything, was made by the practically unknown companies ABM and Gecas, and is an extremely rare arcade game that also happens to be extremely bad. It's a racing game with an extremely zoomed in isometric perspective, giving you a birds eye view of the car at all times, while never being directly above the car. Gameplay consists of driving through winding roads in Madrid, Gibraltar, "Tombouctou", and eventually Dakar. On these tracks, you drive until a turn or obstacle comes up. When a turn comes, a road sign will flash what the turn will look like, usually in some kind of impossibly strange direction. Just to frustrate you, the turns will sometimes go in a direction completely different from the one in the warning. Obstacles are mostly small rocks, puddles, parked cars or ironically, first aid trucks, lying in the middle of the road, waiting for you to crash right into them. They're usually easy to dodge, though.

One of the things that make Blomby Car so laughably bad is its horrible sound. There is no background music in this game, only the loud screeching noises that your car makes whenever it turns, slows down, speeds up, or does anything for that matter. The backgrounds are very repetitive, as the only thing that differentiates one part of a track and another is the obstacles and crazy turns. It also makes memorizing tracks more difficult than it should be. Furthermore, there are numerous digitized phorographs used between races, but they seem to have been digitally converted by someone who was color blind.

What really brings Blomby Car down however, besides the bad sound and repetitive graphics, is its physics. Your car can go from 0 to 200 kilometers per hour in the span of a second, which completely impossible even with souped up formula racers and all. Turning involves skidding like an ice skater. To top it all off, according to Blomby Car's physics, a car barreling straight into a brick wall at 200 kph will not crash. Instead, it will spin backwards and do a triple Lutz before stopping and promptly return to normal. That same car hitting a small rock will catapult it across the landscape and land in a tree. As one might expect, it looks fundamentally ridiculous.

Blomby Car's rarity may be a reason why it is not a go-to game for mockery, and the fact that, from looking at screenshots or watching videos, it doesn't look immediately terrible. But anyone who's played any similar game, like, say, R.C. Pro Arm or Rock n' Roll Racing, will find that something just feels wrong with it. It was only released as a conversion kit in extremely limited numbers and never received any ports to consoles. Curiously, Flash conversions can be found everywhere on the internet, so someone somewhere must've been amused by it.

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  • ABM / Gecas

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  • ABM / Gecas

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Blomby Car (Arcade)

Blomby Car (Arcade)

Blomby Car (Arcade)


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