developer: Onion Soup Interactive
publisher : pQube
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: common screen, players: 1-4
Nippon Marathon is a humorous production on the verge of arcade and racing games, created primarily for multiplayer fun. The title was developed by an independent studio Onion Soup Interactive, and its release was handled by pQube.
In Nippon Marathon we come to Japan, whose appearance is based on Internet memes and popular stereotypes. Playing as one of the four competitors, we take part in crazy runs with obstacles and fight for victory in places such as crowded city streets, picturesque villages, supermarket interiors and dangerous mountain peaks.
Reaching the finish line is made difficult not only by objects located on the routes, such as rolling barrels or closed doors, but also by various events, headed by earthquakes. Additionally, the matter is complicated by the fact that the action was shown here from a bird's eye view, and the camera constantly follows the front group of the race - if our competitor is too far behind, he will be disqualified.
Along the way we get power-ups in the form of food, which can be used both as a weapon (for example, a banana skin thrown on the ground can effectively slow down the opponent), as well as a boost that provides our client with a momentary acceleration.
The pillar of the Nippon Marathon is a multiplayer mode where up to four players can play. However, there is also a feature mode, where we follow the fate of each of the four athletes.
Despite its simplicity, Nippon Marathon three-dimensional graphics do their job - the boards are clear and the obstacles, power-ups and our players are clearly distinguished from the rest of the environment. It is worth noting that the course of the struggle is supervised by a physical engine based on ragdoll technology, which often leads to comic situations.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 970 or better, 5 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-2370M 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card Intel HD 4000 or better, 5 GB HDD, Windows 7 64-bit