Video Game: Rail Chase

Rail Chase is a very aptly named Rail Shooter from Sega with two games in it's series.

The first game game out in 1991. In it you play a pair of explorers who manage to locate a priceless artifact. However just as they get their hands on it, the floor collapses underneath them where they land in a minecart and get rolling. Pretty soon pursued by natives and rival treasure hunters.

The game was noticeable for being a motion ride, a arcade that has a seat that bobbed and weaved with the action on screen. The game was played with two joysticks that controlled the cross-hairs on screen. Oddly the game never used a lifebar, rather the cart serves as this means. Attacks damaged it until it was rendered unusable, allowing your pursers to catch up and finish you off. The game included four stages each with their own pursuers who served as the bosses.

Five years later came Rail Chase 2 (1996) which of course updated the graphics to 3D. The time around the game is set in 1938 and you play as two adventurers who run afoul of the EKKL empire. They make their escape in a rail cart with the empire's army in hot pursuit. Beside the graphical update, the game allows you to switch the tracks letting you take different paths, allowing some great replay value. The game also uses standard lifebars as well. Otherwise it likewise used the motion ride seat up as it's predecessor.


Tropes:

  • Art Shift: The first game begins with a cutscene drawn in a very sketchy, no color style similar to A Ha's "Take on Me" video until an earthquake suddenly happens and drops the two treasure hunters into the minecart which shifts to the game proper.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: There's no way to get through this game without taking a hit due to the multiple enemies on screen.
  • Cool Train: The one that chases you in the first and last level of the 2nd game.
  • Have a Nice Death: In the first game, whenever your cart got too damaged to continue. You get a first person view of your pursuer catching up and delivering the killing blow.
  • Life Meter: Averted in the first game as your cart was your meter and the more damaged it got, the more it would slow down. The second game plays it straight however.
  • Minecart Madness: The game!
  • Putting on the Reich: The EKKL empire in the second game is pretty much the Third Reich in all but name. They use the same uniforms, vehicles, and everything. Even the flyer depicts a guy wearing a Nazi-esque uniform and helmet.
  • Spiritual Successor: The first Jurassic Park arcade game is considered one for this series, as it uses the same format of the first Rail Chase game.