Normally you have to guess at the back story, fill in gaps using the clues you have and an awful lot of presumption. A recent auction I saw however caught my eye, and this was because if its description:
"Unirally for the SNES. This is the only SNES game I have fully complete. Even comes with the price tag I originally paid for this.
I don't expect to get this back now but more than willing to let you give it try, remember you not just buying a game here. But a game with a life story.
How great would it be to own a game that was so loved by its first owner? As the seller writes, it's more than a box and a cartridge; it's a game they worked to own and one that they enjoyed so much they played it to completion, prioritising it over all other games they owned. They clearly had really loved Unirally.
For the sake if this blog I wish I could say that this is the game I now own, but sadly it isn't. I bid for this copy, even contacting the seller and chatting briefly about his description and love for the game. I bid, but I was snipped by 40p with two seconds to go. The much loved Unirally went to someone else. But have no fear dear reader, the copy I now own also, conveniently and amazingly, came from the same chain of shops for the same price.
Considering that Unirally had such a limited release, of only 300,000 copies in the initial run, it's surprising it's not hugely expensive. In fact having spent a bit if time with it (though not as much time as others who completed it 100%) I can safely say it’s a bit of an undiscovered gem.
There isn't a huge amount to the game, a quirky racer where your one goal is to go faster than your opponent. Viewed from a side-on 2D perspective, one-on-one races take place along dizzying circuits of coloured pipes. Some are straight point-to-point races, others laps around rollercoaster layouts. It's competitive gaming but it’s simple. There are no imbalanced power-ups, no rubber band AI, and no way for the game to favour one player over the other. Victory comes from skill, from practice, from knowing how to anticipate