UniRacers, known as UniRally here in the UK, was a fantastic two player racing game which was released on the Super NES in 1994. I played the game a lot when I was younger with my brother and in my opinion, it was one of the best games for the system.
Strangely, I also played this game against the Scottish Nintendo Champion at the Adidas StreetBall basketball tournament event (he beat me on the third round at SFII Turbo with less than 5% energy – very annoying!).
In the game you control a unicycle, in which you need to navigate around bendy courses with lots of bumps, hills, slopes, loop the loops and more. You can do a variety of tricks and when you do, you get a speed boost.
The graphics were pretty basic (read poor!) but it didn’t effect the enjoyment of the game in any way. Perhaps the basic graphics were required so that you weren’t put off by the incredibly fast gameplay.
It had a good one player mode but I much preferred the two player mode, which pitted you against a friend at the same time.
There have been many F1 racing games, futuristic racers and fun based racing games over the years. Though Uniracers was really unique, both in the choice of vehicle (can you remember another unicycle game) and the style of play.
If you haven’t played Uniracers before, I encourage you to try it out. You can pick it up very cheap on eBay. Alternatively, why not download an emulator and give it a try.