is a series of remote-controlled racing games produced by Rare
. RC Pro-Am
is notable that it is one of the first racing games to feature vehicular combat
The games in the RC Pro-Am
RC Pro-Am contains examples of these tropes:
- Bonus Stage: Present only in II.
- Color-Coded Multiplayer: Present only in II with red, blue, green, and yellow cars.
- Comeback Mechanic: Multiplayer mode in II.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard
- Even without weapons, the computerized racers will become EXTREMELY aggressive in later races.
- Getting too aggressive with the weapons in the original will have one computerized jam on the accelerator. By jam on the accelerator, we mean reach a top speed of five hundred kilometers ah hour, making them impossible to beat and possibly the Trope Codifier.
- In II, airplanes will randomly appear to drop bombs on players — focusing primarily on non-computerized players. However, this can actually be used advantageously, since the computer-controlled drones are not immune to the blasts.
- Cut-and-Paste Environments: Many of the later courses recycle previous track layouts while rearranging the hazards and item placements.
- Deadly Walls: Subverted, mainly because any crash involving a wall is really just an annoyance. Oil slicks are often a major cause. Other walls pop up in the middle of the road.
- Difficulty By Acceleration
- Invincibility Power-Up: All four games feature roll cages that grant invincibility to whomever picks them up. This is the only item that is found in every game in the series, in all four games, the player(s) and drone racers can pick them up.
- Isometric Projection
- Level Scaling: Completing the spelling bonuses in every game except II results in you and your opponents receiving a new vehicle.
- Mutually Exclusive Powerups: In all games but II, picking up a missile replaces your entire bomb stock and vice versa.
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules— The yellow car.
- Nitro Boost:
- All games include chevrons that increase the speed of every car that drives over them.
- Pro-Am II allows has small canisters of nitro found on several tracks — which both players and drones can pick up. Nitro packs can also be purchased between races.
- Non-Lethal K.O.:
- Shooting any opponent's vehicle only knocks it out for a few seconds.
- Also applies to all vehicles that crash into a wall.
- Obvious Rule Patch: In every game in the series, the player has to finish 3rd or better (of four racers in every game but Championship, which has six) to move onto the next race. In the original RC Pro-Am, every race automatically ended after the first car finishes the race, automatically assigning the player whatever position he/she is in at the time. This was fixed in every other game:
- Championship: Each race ends when the player crosses the finish line, or when any three of the five computerized vehicles finish.
- Super Pro-Am and Pro-Am II requires the player to cross the finish line to complete each race, even if the other three racers have completed their runs.
- Oil Slick: Especially annoying when going into turns and corners, which can lead to a crash.
- An extra continue is awarded for winning five consecutive races in Championship.
- 1-up tokens can be picked up Pro-Am II, but they are not very common. Alternatively, extra lives can be purchased between races, but the price goes up for every one you buy.
- Power Up Motif: A sound plays whenever any racer picks up a roll cage.
- Respawn On The Spot: Frequently happens when you crash into a wall.
- Rubber Band A.I.
- Scratch Damage: Computer-controlled racers in Pro-Am can be shot and stopped. This is averted in Championship by making enemy vehicles completely invincible to attack after they pick up a roll cage.
- Spelling Bonus: Completing specific words awards a new vehicle in each game.
- RC Pro-Am and Super RC Pro-Am requires spelling NINTENDO.
- Championship Pro-Am requires spelling CHAMPION.
- RC Pro-Am II rewards a new car to any player who spells out PRO AM II. Unlike the other games in the series, Pro-Am II awards a new car on a player-by-player basis.
- Trophy Room: In RC Pro-Am and Championship Pro-Am, finishing a race in first, second, or third will add a trophy to your collection. You even get trophies based on your total score.
- Updated Re-release: Championship is essentially a 16-bit upgrade to RC Pro-Am.
- Videogame Cruelty Punishment: If you get too aggressive with your weapons, one opponent — the yellow car — will go so fast, you will literally have no chance to catch up to it.