Mad Tracks

Mad Tracks DLC debuts

9 tracks, 6 games, 350 points.

Anybody who took the plunge on Xbox Live Arcade's Mad Tracks now has the option to, er, throw another 350 Microsoft points at the problem - thanks to the release of the "Encore Expansion Pack".

Mad Tracks

Mad Tracks

We prefer "Emotionally Disturbed Tracks".

Let me tell you the story about the time I did the final race of Adventure mode in Mad Tracks. It was a single lap race, taking place on an "Oh God I so desperately want to be Micro Machines, why can't I be Micro Machines?" track in a bedroom, littered with dominos and toy soldiers.

First go: I was far in the lead from the very start, mashing my l33t skills in their stupid AI faces. The track broadens out into a more open area on the bedroom floor, with a ramp ahead and arrows pointing to the left. Up the ramp I go, and head toward the archway in the distance. "Lost?" the screen asks me. "Uh, no, I'm fine thanks." The Lost query appears when you've left the track as a warning you'll be reset to the last checkpoint any moment. But the track was ahead of me, and there were bonus pick-ups littered all over it. So being reset to the last checkpoint, and indeed last place, was a wincy bit annoying.

Second go: It turns out you're not meant to go up the ramp with the big yellow arrows next to it. Silly me! You're meant to meander across the floor, dodging balls and so on, and enter the archway by this route. In I go, in a strong first place, and then hit a wall. You see, the walls, floors and ceiling are all the same blue, and there's no obvious direction to go in. Since the cars steer like dragging a dustbin bag full of semolina through a swimming pool of thick custard, manoeuvring my way to stumble into the correct direction put me back in last place.

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Mad Tracks gets green light

Live Arcade racer out soon.

Load Inc. has dropped us a line to let us know that its toy racer Mad Tracks is a whisker away from release on Xbox Live Arcade.

Mad Tracks still on for XBLA

Just not in the current batch.

French developer Load, Inc. has reiterated that its toy car racer Mad Tracks is on its way to Xbox Live Arcade, despite the fact it wasn't listed on Microsoft's ten new Live Arcade games list yesterday. What's more, the PC version - available from Load's website - has now hit 100,000 sales.

Mad Tracks XBLA delayed

They want to add multiplayer.

French developer Load Inc. has decided to delay its Xbox Live Arcade racing title Mad Tracks in order to add multiplayer options - even though, to our knowledge, it hadn't nailed down a release date in the first place.