Top Gear 2 on the SNES

In Top Gear 2 Gremlin used rehashed graphics and gameplay from the Lotus racing trilogy. However, this game becomes more realistic, with a damage diagram on the left side of the screen, slower cars, and the possibility to upgrade your machine. The cars become more difficult to handle and the opponents are faster and tougher than in the previous game. The new addition of weather also plays a role, forcing the player to change from dry to wet tires.

The game takes place in 16 countries including 64 cities, starting with Australasia (Australia and New Zealand). After each country is beaten, the player is given a password, which can be later used to pick the game back up from that position. Because of agreement to naming rights, the Giza Necropolis in Egypt was renamed to Hugh Sitton, a photographer of Corbis Corporation.

The actual gameplay is quite simple. Players need to finish in the top ten positions in each race to qualify for the next one. There is a map that shows the course layout, the position of the players, and the position of the car in first place. The player is given 6 “nitro boosts” at the start which dramatically increase the car’s speed for a short period of time. On certain courses, there are pickups along the road ranging from a “$” which is $1,000 cash, a “N” which is an extra “nitro boost”, and a “S” which is an automatic nitro administered right when picked up and returns each lap. The other pickups can only be collected once per race. Players must take care to avoid too much damage to any area of the armor. If a section of armor is destroyed and the player takes damage in the area that the destroyed section of the armor used to protect, the car will spin out. Racers will be disqualified if they run out of fuel and coast to a stop before finishing the race. Since there are no pits for cars to refuel in unlike the first game, upgrading the transmission becomes mandatory in order to get the fuel economy needed to survive the longer races in the later portions of the game. Since the Genesis port of this game does not implement a fuel gauge, fuel economy is not a problem in that port.

Players have the option of either an automatic or manual gearshift, and can configure the controls as they please at the opening menu of the game.

Players can spend money earned in a race to upgrade their cars. Upgrading the engine makes the car accelerate faster, helps the top speed of the car by a small amount, and makes it easier for the car to reach higher gears. Upgrading the nitro makes nitro boosts accelerate more strongly and reach higher top speeds. Upgrading the transmission greatly improves the car’s top speed and fuel economy, but this requires an engine that is strong enough to allow shifting into higher gears in order to be effective. Upgrading the armor allows cars to take more damage before the armor is destroyed in the area that is being upgraded. The paint shop allows the color of the car to be changed.

Cheats

Drive super car in any country:

Power on the Super Nintendo and and highlight use the “Continue Game” option to enter 4N85 BJR6 6HJ5 8#H65 RNM## as a password. Highlight the “End” option and press the A. Begin game play, pause the raice, and press L + R to return to the menu. Use the “Options” selection and choose the desired difficulty level. Select a country and press A. Press A at the “Password” screen. Ignore the “Invalid Password” message and press Start. Highlight the “Continue Game” option and start game play with the displayed password.

FTrack Password
Australasia (none)
Britain (P63 )P85 TPN??
Canada P7GC R)PB GRYL GL3MM ?87NN
France JCFB Q5Y# #(W? )>#WR ( VQP((
Greece 4HHD T549 7DCY M1RGB 743HH
India 7CD> PJ#V CRT# N?L#9 YTR<<
Ireland ?NWR 7345 29(( C3N?# 1VT>>
Italy 68>( LTP3 VGDP 8>P?# 1VT>>
Japan 7(B) M(VN YYC5 GQ6LJ )#9QQ
Scandinavia 7W3Y ?HQ( 5)87 JT8NM >(?TT
South America WV3Y ?QF> R)#5 GQ6LJ )#9QQ
Spain 5RJ6 WFB2 C8R2 CM3GF #76MM
Switzerland L1RP 539Y GRFJ 5(L87 VQP((
United States #MB< NW29 G(CT (FV>< 521FF

GameGenie codes
CODE KEY IN . . . EFFECT . . .
1 DD2A-4D6D Start with no nitros instead of 6
2 D42A-4D6D Start with 2 nitros
3 D02A-4D6D Start with 4 nitros
4 D62A-4D6D Start with 8 nitros
5 DC2A-4D6D Start with 10 nitros
6 C267-CD07 Infinite nitros for Player 1
7 C2CB-CF0F Infinite nitros for Player 2
8 C9BD-1F04 Fuel never runs out
AFTER WINNING A RACE, MONEY AND POINT DISPLAYS WILL SHOW THE
OLD VALUE BUT MONEY AND POINT TOTALS WILL BE UPDATED
PROPERLY
9 7430-398E 1st place gives $50,000 instead of $10,000
10 7430-317E 2nd place gives $50,000 instead of $6,000
11 7430-318E 3rd place gives $50,000 instead of $4,000
12 7430-357E 4th place gives $50,000 instead of $3,000
13 7430-358E 5th place gives $50,000 instead of $2,000
14 7439-307E 6th place gives $50,000 instead of $1,000
15 7439-308E 7th place gives $50,000 instead of $0
16 7439-397E 8th place gives $50,000 instead of $0
17 7439-398E 9th place gives $50,000 instead of $0
18 7439-317E 10th place gives $50,000 instead of $0
29 F039-355A 1st place is worth 20 points instead of 10
30 F039-35EA 2nd place is worth 20 points instead of 6
31 F031-305A 3rd place is worth 20 points instead of 4
32 F031-30EA 4th place is worth 20 points instead of 3
33 F031-395A 5th place is worth 20 points instead of 2
34 F031-39EA 6th place is worth 20 points instead of 1
35 F031-315A 7th place is worth 20 points instead of 0
36 F031-31EA 8th place is worth 20 points instead of 0
37 F031-355A 9th place is worth 20 points instead of 0
38 F031-35EA 10th place is worth 20 points instead of 0
49 0BC4-49EE + 52C3-3083 Everything is free (must have
enough to buy)
50 DFC5-405E 2nd engine costs $1K instead of $30K
51 DEC5-405E 2nd engine costs $15K instead of $30K
52 DFC5-40EE 3rd engine costs $1K instead of $50K
53 FBC5-40EE 3rd engine costs $25K instead of $50K
54 DFC5-495E 4th engine costs $1K instead of $80K
55 46C5-495E 4th engine costs $40K instead of $80K
56 DDC5-415E 2nd wet tires are free
57 DDC5-41EE 3rd wet tires are free
58 DDC5-455E 4th wet tires are free
59 DDC6-405E 2nd dry tires are free
60 DDC6-40EE 3rd dry tires are free
61 DDC6-495E 4th dry tires are free
62 DFC6-415E 2nd gear box costs $1K instead of $10K
63 D9C6-415E 2nd gear box costs $5K instead of $10K
64 DFC6-41EE 3rd gear box costs $1K instead of $30K
65 DEC6-41EE 3rd gear box costs $15K instead of $30K
66 DFC6-455E 4th gear box costs $1K instead of $50K
67 FBC6-455E 4th gear box costs $25K instead of $50K
68 DFCB-405E 2nd nitro costs $1K instead of $5K
69 D4CB-405E 2nd nitro costs $2K instead of $5K
70 DFCB-40EE 3rd nitro costs $1K instead of $15K
71 D5CB-40EE 3rd nitro costs $7K instead of $15K
72 DFCB-495E 4th nitro costs $1K instead of $30K
73 DECB-495E 4th nitro costs $15K instead of $30K
74 DFCC-405E 2nd side armor costs $1K instead of $5K
75 D4CC-405E 2nd side armor costs $2K instead of $5K
76 DFCC-40EE 3rd side armor costs $1K instead of $10K
77 D9CC-40EE 3rd side armor costs $5K instead of $10K
78 DFCC-495E 4th side armor costs $1K instead of $20K
79 DCCC-495E 4th side armor costs $10K instead of $20K
80 DFCC-415E 2nd rear armor costs $1K instead of $5K
81 D4CC-415E 2nd rear armor costs $2K instead of $5K
82 DFCC-41EE 3rd rear armor costs $1K instead of $10K
83 D9CC-41EE 3rd rear armor costs $5K instead of $10K
84 DFCC-455E 4th rear armor costs $1K instead of $20K
85 DCCC-455E 4th rear armor costs $10K instead of $20K
86 DFC8-405E 2nd front armor costs $1K instead of $5K
87 D4C8-405E 2nd front armor costs $2K instead of $5K
88 DFC8-40EE 3rd front armor costs $1K instead of $10K
89 D9C8-40EE 3rd front armor costs $5K instead of $10K
90 DFC8-495E 4th front armor costs $1K instead of $20K
91 DCC8-495E 4th front armor costs $10K instead of $20K

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