History VideoGame / MicroMachines

13th Jun '16 7:32:05 AM case
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* PalmtreePanic: The dune buggy levels. Pails and sand castles serve as obstacles, and the tracks are drawn in the sand.
13th Jun '16 7:22:47 AM case
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* {{Expy}}: V4 of Spider.


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* {{Expy}}: V4 of Spider.
3rd Jun '16 10:59:41 AM case
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The games are notable for their main multiplayer mode where players all share the same screen. Instead of being a first-to-the-finish race, players are eliminated if they trail too far behind, until only one player is left standing. That player then scores a point, everyone is brought back into play at that spot, and another round begins. The players keep racing around the course until one has scored enough points to win.



* RubberBandAI: In the original game, a car that was behind you would be faster than if it was in front of you. It didn't matter how far ahead/behind they were, however, so if that wasn't enough, there was no further help coming. It also featured a rather hilarious, and unintentional, [[UnstableEquilibrium inversion]]: if you put the fastest drivers in the fastest cars, the speed boost from being behind would be more than the AI could handle, causing the cars to leave the track and fall even further behind.

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* RubberBandAI: RubberBandAI:
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In the original game, a car that was behind you would be faster than if it was in front of you. It didn't matter how far ahead/behind they were, however, so if that wasn't enough, there was no further help coming. It also featured a rather hilarious, and unintentional, [[UnstableEquilibrium inversion]]: if you put the fastest drivers in the fastest cars, the speed boost from being behind would be more than the AI could handle, causing the cars to leave the track and fall even further behind.
** The games had another catch-up mechanic in the form of the game's camera; the further ahead the player is, the less they can see in front of them, putting them at a disadvantage unless they had the track memorized.
3rd Jun '16 10:44:22 AM case
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** ''Micro Maniacs'' made everyone ugly, but it was ultimately just a way of making it seem DarkerAndEdgier.
*** Debatable with Vortex and Pyra. Vortex is only offset by the striking two-tone skin, but even then she is quite the stunner. Pyra is almost statuesque ... until you remember that she is literally living fire and probably a virtually-hollow skin. Roach was probably quite handsome before his karmic punishment, and we have no idea what V4, Twister or Beatbox really look(ed) like.


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* StylisticSuck: ''Micro Maniacs'' made everyone ugly, as part of the DarkerAndEdgier style. Debatable with Vortex and Pyra. Vortex is only offset by the striking two-tone skin, but even then she is quite the stunner. Pyra is almost statuesque ... until you remember that she is literally living fire and probably a virtually-hollow skin. Roach was probably quite handsome before his karmic punishment, and we have no idea what V4, Twister or Beatbox really look(ed) like.
3rd Jun '16 10:41:51 AM case
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* AllThereInTheManual: Some lengthy character descriptions, among other things.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Some lengthy character descriptions, descriptions and backstories, among other things.



*** And everyone from the original ''Micro Machines'' had a backstory. It was AllThereInTheManual.
3rd Jun '16 8:52:04 AM case
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'''This game series provides examples of:'''

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'''This !!This game series provides examples of:'''of:
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[[folder:The series as a whole]]



* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Micro Maniacs is ''people''. Most people don't even know it's part of the franchise at all.
* BackStory: ''Micro Maniacs''. (There's a lot of accidents)
** V4 was in a motorcycle accident.
** Pyra had a lab accident involving combustion.
** Maw-Maw is a [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix and Match Critter]].
** Twister was a crazy twit.
** Beatbox was a DJ who wanted to be able to play more effectively with elements of TheSpook.
** Waldo was a rival scientist who had an accident with his own shrink ray and got [[IncrediblyLamePun picked up]] by it's inventor.
** Mesme was a CreepyChild who suffered a NoodleIncident.
** Dynamo was a crashed alien.
** Roach was the doctor's nephew and an insect torturer who is suffering karmic punishment.
** Toxin was a mercenary who tried to steal the Minimizer. Dr. Minimizer gave away the plans in exchange for Toxin's cooperation in the experiment.
** Project X is AllYourPowersCombined with a lot of CloningBlues.
** Amazingly, Vortex is the only character not to have suffered an unfortunate accident. Instead she was just taught how to make ''gravitational singulaities at will''.
*** And everyone from the original ''Micro Machines'' had a backstory. It was AllThereInTheManual.



* CuteMute: Mesme.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Oh, ''Micro Maniacs''.



* ExcusePlot: Subverted - while the plot in ''Micro Maniacs'' is just a justification for tiny people running around, it's as developed as a real plot and has a resolution for every character.



* TheGhost: Dr Minimizer. He does have backstory other than being the inventor of the Minimizer - he's Waldo's rival and Roach's uncle.
* HairTriggerTemper: Project-X, apparently.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Project-X and Maw-Maw were created by Minimizer and given those names, while Dynamo, Waldo and Mesme are known by their real names (albeit with OnlyOneName), but V4, Vortex, Pyra, Beatbox, Twister, Roach and Toxin never have their real names mentioned. [[note]]Although Roach's surname is probably Minimizer.[[/note]]



* MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial: Inverted for ''Micro Maniacs'' - all the secret characters are men.
* MultipleEndings: Again, ''Micro Maniacs'' - one for every character.
** V4 goes destiny-seeking with a motorbike Dr. Minimizer made from the rest of the crash parts.
** Vortex gets honour degrees and becomes an astronaut where she leads the first ever mission into a black hole.
** Pyra takes a nice holiday in a volcanic lake.
** Waldo tries to turn himself into a giant with the Minimizer, but accidentally turns himself into a baby and destroys his power suit.
** Maw Maw escapes and eats cake. (Well, it ''is'' Maw Maw.)
** Twister gets action figures made of, becomes a household name, and gets very rich.
** Beatbox opens a club with Maximized hi-fi.
** Mesme brings her teddy bear to life after Maximising it to prevent her nightmares.
** Toxin gets a three year cold and goes to jail.
** Roach tortures everyone else (so is presumably the first to be Maximized).
** Dynamo goes home.
** Project X clones itself and leads a rampage, but Dr. Minimizer puts a stop to it.
* MyBrainIsBig: Mesme's brain ''sticks out of her head''.



* NoMouth: Mesme doesn't have a mouth.
* PlayingWithFire: Pyra.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Vortex and Pyra are almost the same, except for the exact details of the accident. Of course, they're not twins.
** Also Project-X and Maw-Maw, who are siblings, both being the creations of Dr. Minimizer. While Maw-Maw is a courageous guard animal, Project-X is an aggressive SuperSoldier.



* RealIsBrown: Perhaps not brown specifically, but ''Micro Maniacs'' is definitely much duller and less colourful than the games before and after it.



* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Roach.
* ShockAndAwe: Dynamo.


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[[folder:Specific to ''Micro Maniacs'']]
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Micro Maniacs is ''people''. Most people don't even know it's part of the franchise at all.
* BackStory: Every character is given one. There are a lot of accidents.
** V4 was in a motorcycle accident.
** Pyra had a lab accident involving combustion.
** Maw-Maw is a [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix and Match Critter]].
** Twister was a crazy twit.
** Beatbox was a DJ who wanted to be able to play more effectively with elements of TheSpook.
** Waldo was a rival scientist who had an accident with his own shrink ray and got [[IncrediblyLamePun picked up]] by it's inventor.
** Mesme was a CreepyChild who suffered a NoodleIncident.
** Dynamo was a crashed alien.
** Roach was the doctor's nephew and an insect torturer who is suffering karmic punishment.
** Toxin was a mercenary who tried to steal the Minimizer. Dr. Minimizer gave away the plans in exchange for Toxin's cooperation in the experiment.
** Project X is AllYourPowersCombined with a lot of CloningBlues.
** Amazingly, Vortex is the only character not to have suffered an unfortunate accident. Instead she was just taught how to make ''gravitational singulaities at will''.
*** And everyone from the original ''Micro Machines'' had a backstory. It was AllThereInTheManual.
* CuteMute: Mesme.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Very much so compared to the main series.
* ExcusePlot: Subverted - while the plot is just a justification for tiny people running around, it's as developed as a real plot and has a resolution for every character.
* TheGhost: Dr Minimizer. He does have backstory other than being the inventor of the Minimizer - he's Waldo's rival and Roach's uncle.
* HairTriggerTemper: Project-X, apparently.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Project-X and Maw-Maw were created by Minimizer and given those names, while Dynamo, Waldo and Mesme are known by their real names (albeit with OnlyOneName), but V4, Vortex, Pyra, Beatbox, Twister, Roach and Toxin never have their real names mentioned. [[note]]Although Roach's surname is probably Minimizer.[[/note]]
* MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial: Inverted - all the secret characters are men.
* MultipleEndings: One for every character.
** V4 goes destiny-seeking with a motorbike Dr. Minimizer made from the rest of the crash parts.
** Vortex gets honour degrees and becomes an astronaut where she leads the first ever mission into a black hole.
** Pyra takes a nice holiday in a volcanic lake.
** Waldo tries to turn himself into a giant with the Minimizer, but accidentally turns himself into a baby and destroys his power suit.
** Maw Maw escapes and eats cake. (Well, it ''is'' Maw Maw.)
** Twister gets action figures made of, becomes a household name, and gets very rich.
** Beatbox opens a club with Maximized hi-fi.
** Mesme brings her teddy bear to life after Maximising it to prevent her nightmares.
** Toxin gets a three year cold and goes to jail.
** Roach tortures everyone else (so is presumably the first to be Maximized).
** Dynamo goes home.
** Project X clones itself and leads a rampage, but Dr. Minimizer puts a stop to it.
* MyBrainIsBig: Mesme's brain ''sticks out of her head''.
* NoMouth: Mesme doesn't have a mouth.
* PlayingWithFire: Pyra.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Vortex and Pyra are almost the same, except for the exact details of the accident. Of course, they're not twins.
** Also Project-X and Maw-Maw, who are siblings, both being the creations of Dr. Minimizer. While Maw-Maw is a courageous guard animal, Project-X is an aggressive SuperSoldier.
* RealIsBrown: Perhaps not brown specifically, but it's definitely much duller and less colourful than the games before and after it.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Roach.
* ShockAndAwe: Dynamo.


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25th May '15 8:58:36 PM jormis29
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* IHaveNoMouth: Mesme doesn't.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Spider is essentially [[HappyDays The Fonz]].

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Spider is essentially [[HappyDays [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]].Fonz]].
* NoMouth: Mesme doesn't have a mouth.
9th May '15 3:04:48 PM MajorFlamerider
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* SpiritualSuccessor: The series actually has a modern day successor under the name "Toybox Turbos", released in 2014.
9th Apr '15 9:35:51 AM SmokeMeAKipper
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* TheComputerIsaCheatingBastard: In the first game, particularly the destruction cars, the computers have a considerably faster acceleration than you.

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* TheComputerIsaCheatingBastard: TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In the first game, particularly the destruction cars, the computers have a considerably faster acceleration than you.
9th Apr '15 9:35:23 AM SmokeMeAKipper
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* TheComputerIsaCheatingBastard: In the first game, particularly the destruction cars, the computers have a considerably faster acceleration than you.
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