LGR – Hot Wheels Stunt Track Driver – PC Game Review


[typing] Dude, Hot Wheels! Wanna play some freakin’ Hot Wheels, dude? Dude, yeah! [car noises with mouth] Woo! Woo! Woo! Woo! Yeah, these are awesome! If only I could play with them for real. Like in a computer game? Now this is more like it. Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Driver, developed by Mattel and Semi Logic Entertainments and published by Mattel Media in 1998. “Put yourself in the driver’s seat and
race down HOT WHEELS tracks.” “Perform awesome aerial stunts!” “Get a special HOT WHEELS car!” Holy nutsacks! So special… In addition to the car inside the box, you get the game on a single CD-ROM and a manual covering things that manuals cover and nothing more. Because it is a manual. It is not NOT a manual. Stunt Track Driver, or STD, begins with an intro video showing what is essentially the luckiest and/or richest kid on Earth getting an absolute metric crapton of
Hot Wheels track sets delivered to his doorstep. He then proceeds to make
the most insane track designs his spoiled little mind can dream up, an apparently all YOU get is smacked in the face with
explosive Hot Wheels cars and logos. Then it’s main menu time, where you have the choice of
racing the world championship, making your own custom tracks, playing a single race, or exiting the game using the most curiously small blue door I think I’ve ever seen. Why’s it so small? If you choose a single race,
you have four tracks to choose from, with two more being unlocked
through the championship. You can then choose your car from
a selection of three, at least at first. Eventually, you’ll unlock twelve cars by simply playing the game and being awesome at it, and each car is actually based
on a real-life Hot Wheels car, so that’s just awesome… …for Mattel and their continued retail sales regarding specific SKUs. Each car has their own specs, too, with acceleration, top speed and stunt abilities to take into consideration. Once you’ve no doubt chosen wisely, it’s off to whatever track you’ve picked, or the dining room and living room track if you’re playing them in order. The gameplay is very simple. Deceptively so, even. You control the car, either with the
arrow keys, a controller, or the mouse, and you’ll race against the timer, so of course the goal is to reach the
end of the track before time runs out. Along the way, you’ll come
across all sorts of tricky turns, jumps and obstacles on the track
that you’ll have to deal with. However, there are also stunts
to take into consideration. After all, this is Stunt Track Driver, you’re a driver on a stunt track, which implies stunting and driving and tracking. Uh, yeah. That, that’s everything it implies. Mm-hmm. So in addition to the gas, brake and steering, you also have keys to control your car in the air. Physics? Don’t worry about that pesky stuff. Just toss and twist your car all over the place and try to land it. If you do, you get fireworks, and an ambiguous stunt score at the end of the race. If not, well, you’ll crash and burn and lose precious time. In fact, that time is so freakin’ precious, that usually you’re only allowed one crash – maybe two – or you won’t have enough time to finish the race, even with an exceptionally fast car. So, what I said about the game
being deceptively simple… Yeah, well I meant it. Did you listen to me when I said it
the first time? Well, I’m saying it again. This game… is deceptive. Ages 5 and up. Gimme a break. I was playing
this when I was 12 years old, and it was hard as crap then. Now that I’m 26, it’s even friggin’ harder. Than crap. Harder than crap. This crap is hard, man. As you’ve probably noticed by now, the game is actually a pre-rendered full-
motion video playing in the background, with your car being the only 3D object in the game. It’s a neat trick that was used
all the time in the earlier ’90s, and while it looks kinda cool and ran
on lower-end hardware of the time, it also means that the tracks are more finicky than a perfectionist interior designer with OCPD picking out curtains for feng shui. And collision detection isn’t
exactly a thing in Stunt Track Driver. I mean, once you figure out the quirks it’s not so bad, but you can’t go on visuals alone to determine what will crash you and what won’t. It’s only through trial and error that you’ll find there is a bit of a phantom area
on the edges of your car, and it varies by car. So if something touches you
beyond that by even a pixel, you’re going to crash. Even turning too sharply crashes you, so you really need to memorize
every last bit of these tracks to have any chance at competing. The real kick in the nads is if you’re
playing on Championship mode. When you fail a track, you’re sent
back to the beginning of the track list. Meaning you lose all your progress, and you’re going to be playing that
simple first track over and over and over, until you just have a string of
great races and get to the end. However, when you start to learn the game’s quirks and the track layouts, which cars are better for what, and get the hang of the stunts you can perform, the game actually comes together quite well. It’s just immensely satisfying to pull off
a ton of sweet stunts without crashing, and the better you get,
the more cars and tracks you’ll unlock. So while you’ll be replaying most of the tracks
over and over again to get the hang of them, it at least gives you a pretty
nice stream of content for a while. Problem is, most of the cars you
unlock end up being pretty useless, unless you just want to handicap
yourself and make the game even harder. And then there are only six tracks, all of which take about a minute to complete, so you can finish the entire game in
less than ten minutes if you’re good. Well, actually, there are seven tracks, seeing as once you beat the entire championship, you can play a secret space track by right-clicking part of the
Mattel logo on the track screen. It kinda sucks, though, and looks quite unfinished, although maybe that was intentional. Or maybe they were just really being lazy, but in that case, I won’t judge. Er, okay, actually there are more than seven tracks, seeing as you can make your
own tracks in the track editor. However, this leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t expect to be able to make
any of the huge, sprawling, up-and-down and all-around kind
of tracks from the rest of the game. You get some basic Hot Wheel track set pieces and can lay them around a small, dark garage. That’s it! Not exactly something to come back to again and again, but it’s cool that it’s there. And that’s it for Hot Wheels: STD. It’s a simple game and it’s simple fun, but you know, I actually quite like it. Even if it’s sometimes needlessly difficult, due to the track designs and
the nature of FMV backgrounds. It’s still absolutely full of charm and
time-trial stunt racing goodness. For some reason, this game always
reminds me of summertime as a kid, where you didn’t have school, you didn’t have anything! You were just playing outside or in your room with lots of toys and even more imagination. I may not play it but for 20 minutes at a time anymore. But those 20 minutes are constant wafts of pure nostalgia and memories of simpler times. I mean, really, what better than a simple
little game to recall simple little times? I can’t think of a dang thing, and as such, I definitely recommend giving the game a look, if you happen to run across a cheap copy. It may infuriate you for a bit, and leave you somewhat unfulfilled
as far as content goes, but rest assured, it’s silly, it’s fun, and it’s childlike. And I think there’s some value in that.

100 comments

  • Matthew C.

    Someone is going to pay for that TV at the end. I do believe you can get get a 13th car with max stats. I did not know there is a 7th track though.

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  • Egg Gaming Pro

    i have all those cars in my closet

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  • GeekIWG

    I used to play this game (and it's sequel) all the time as a kid. Simple game, but enough to keep me playing.

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  • GeekIWG

    When I was a kid, I once took a look at the game's files and realized that the textures for the cars were all bitmap graphic files. Had a bit of fun customizing my cars using MS Paint. 🙂

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  • fadingbeleifs

    Oh god… I had this bundled with my Patriot, Hot wheels themed computer in 1998… I spent many pant hours trying to finish this one…

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  • Joel

    Anybody know where I could get this? I want some nostalgia! 😀

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  • Crazy Ivan

    STD hehe 🙂

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  • Fingledorp

    Man I haven't thought about this game in years. YEARS. And I clearly wasn't good at it as I didn't know there was a billiards room

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  • TheBartolonomicron

    The opening 30 seconds of this video is the most precious thing on this channel.

    Also a totally relatable feeling as an adult in their 20's.

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  • Nick Gregory

    Fuck, I never knew about that hidden track.

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  • Jacob Bacci

    What I wouldn't do to play this game again. And beat that final level.

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  • Aventix

    the memories tho, i remember playing that game for hours on hours in my childhood

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  • Aventix

    im like 13, i remember playing this when i was like 4 or 5, it was hella hard back then, now i play need for speed rivals a ton

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  • RarefoilB

    I can't stop snickering at the appreviation… (heh).

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  • Parker Brooks

    The graphics have an old school Toy Story (first movie) CG charm to it.

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  • Drogenopa1

    I'd love to get STD by Mattel!

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  • J N B

    Worst looking racing game I've ever seen!

    I mean, the car doesn't actually move!!!

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  • pizzapicante27

    This was the first game I played, played it over and over never knew there was a secret level.

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  • Darfk

    There's a freaking space level! In all my years I have never heard of this.
    Where can I get this game again.

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  • Abel Alvarez

    0:17 is that a toy model vector w8? lmao i would buy that in a hearthbeat 😂

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  • Jake Schmidt

    You forgot the middle one

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  • S1protocol

    Had this on my PS1 it was amazing

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  • crash bandicoot

    Woo woo woo wooo whooooo lol

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  • BergerBytes

    I never knew it was FMV video as a kid.

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  • Awkward Silence

    I played this so much as a kid. And yet, I never new about that secret track. Mind. Blown.

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  • Aaron Hess

    The hot wheels car in the box would be a pre order bonus nowadays.

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  • Katie

    Stunt Track Driver, or, STD…
    LOL
    1:15

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  • PowerLeef

    +LGR OMG so many memories…
    I thought that I was the only kid who knew about this fun/frustrating game…

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  • Andrew Smith

    Love the Vector you’ve got. Didn’t know they made that mad thing into a Hot Wheels car.

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  • doctorfeelucky

    I remember this game. I think it came with a track I got for Christmas

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  • dapotyo

    i want me sum std

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  • TovenOvideoRPC

    STD

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  • Dakota Trotter

    So whatever happened with you and RetroWareTV? I noticed they're still around, but you're not posting there, nor advertising them in your videos anymore. Just curious about this sort of Youtube industry politics

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  • MilkDestroyer [VidyaDog]

    I SEE CARNIVORES
    DUDE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO THE CARNIVORES FRANCHISE

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  • Preston L.

    Omg I forgot about this game, I played the shit out of this game in daycare

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  • Zee Kusa

    Holy crap! Nostalgia overload!!

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  • tomatoboy

    std

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  • Shadewrecker

    "STD"

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  • PINK FLOYD 666 Roger waters

    My God my childhood

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  • PINK FLOYD 666 Roger waters

    They should remastered this game

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  • Mac Doodles

    I loved playing this in my dad's study, we only had one computer, and my dad usually worked in his study so we didn't get to play games that much, making it a special occasion every time, I loved playing Midtown Madness, Motocross Madness and of course Hotwheels STD xD

    Of course we did have an N64 but those games weren't on the N64

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  • Tony Finocchio

    I used to play this so much it was insane. I still remember all the sounds

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  • Final Boss Music

    holy … ok, I had this game. I 100% forgot about it until seeing this video, but it all came rushing back (along with other memories from the same time period) that was a particular flavor of nostalgia i haven't tasted in a while. haha thanks man!

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  • Pentium 486sx

    That intro was my childhood.

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  • JaguarFacedMan

    Back when games and programs in general had cool exit buttons.

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  • coldkeyes

    You should try Hotwheels Crash game

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  • Rathori Khass

    I played the crap out of this when I was a kid.

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  • FredCheckers

    They later chopped this game up into single tracks and packed it alongside cars on pegs in the toy aisle. That's how I played it.

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  • SightseeingSkyrim

    That intro tho

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  • Eskimolz

    Beat this game fully as a 6 year old…..this game wasn't that hard.

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  • Cornelius McMuffin

    i swear, i had this game for the gamecube.

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  • Coatless Eskimo

    I actually own this, and I honestly think it's fun.

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  • Sam Streeter

    Where the actual fuck did you find a die-cast vector W12

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  • The Cannon

    I recently just reviewed this on my channel! Check it out!

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  • Burnt Toast

    Can you upload a scan/some photos of the manual?

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  • Seth Forbus

    This video made me so happy haha. Childhood memories

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  • Martin Pekara

    0:14 unnused fast and furios trailer

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  • Josh Thao

    This was my shit back em days

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  • The Nex Reviews

    Extreme nostalgia before Legos it was Hot Wheels for me

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  • Zoo237

    6:54 Woah

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  • Trenton Fowler

    These games are why Hot-Wheels were far more superior in comparison to Matchbox. Pfff…. Matchbox. What kind of toy car company doesn't have its own tie-in computer WITH games? A stupid one, that's what.

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  • Didi XD Pro gaming

    "woahhh"

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  • Lord Nibbler

    and you didn't even mention the soundtrack? Which was like the best thing 7yr old me had ever heard.

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  • FrostyP

    I had this game as a kid and it wasn't until I saw this video that I figured out most of the game was FMV

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  • phillip martin

    This video is a flashback to the STD I had in my youth.

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  • VuRkka

    This is the best intro ever for anything.

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  • DarcnessTrophies

    I'm glad I wasn't drinking because "Stunt track driver or STD" would have caused it to go up my nose

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  • GFEAST

    WHERE CAN I PLAY THIS, THIS WAS MY CHILDHOOD!!!!!

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  • Grace O'Malley

    I played the hell out of this game, but I was so bad at it. I never could beat that last frigging level in the pool room.

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  • Nio Richardson

    I'm glad to see so many LGR videos pop up into my feed. #onemillionsubs

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  • Subjektive Gaming

    "STD" LMAO

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  • Dead Mark

    I don't know why… but when he mentioned the "Small blue door" i lost it XD

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  • Luxurious orc

    hotwheels beat that was my fav hotwheels game

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  • George Kinney

    This was my first pc game as a kid

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  • matt mill

    2019!

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  • Zachary Czech

    My sister and I played this game a lot on PC around it's release. She still has it somewhere.

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  • Richard Duryea

    I had this as a kid and never knew about the secret level. You just blew my mind.

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  • That One Weird Kid

    As soon as I heard the music it took me right back to sitting in front of my old computer back in early 2000 playing this game and sucking completely ass on it because I was 5

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  • Marshmallow Pie

    Holy god the nostalgia. I almost forgot about this game.

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  • H37

    I beat this game 5 minutes before the ball drop on New Year’s Eve 2000. I’ll never forget it.

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  • only257

    Cool👻

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  • Gregory LC

    DUDE YEAH

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  • Brian.K

    Even when you are an adult you would still wanna be that rich ass kid and build the ultimate tracks

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  • lego guys

    This was my favorite game growing up

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  • camva

    disco yo lo tengo

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  • Bobman9420

    I remember getting Hot Wheels STD 1 & 2 in a combo pack, from Scholastics (if anyone remembers that from school).

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  • Fonky Munk

    The sand castle level was my favorite. Man I played the shit out of this when I was 6 lol

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  • Penguinz13989

    soooooooo nostalgic

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  • HengeDude

    "STD"

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  • Adopted

    "Stunt track driver or std" wAiT a MiNuTe

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  • Archaic Revival

    I want his on my iPhone!

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  • VERTGAMES

    OMG THIS WAS MY GAME

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  • saraks10

    This game was so much fun!

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  • Epi Sepdiatmoko

    Whats a cross between hot wheels and chibi. Choro-Q

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  • TheKpa11

    AVGN: WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD NAME THEIR GAME STD!?!

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  • george fisher

    Remindes me Mega Race

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  • Sonic R

    I was 3 years old when I watched these videos a lot… has been the best game ever. Thanks for sharing, I found your videos again.

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  • Kingwest

    Youv'e covered every game I've ever played. That's gotta be an accomplishment

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  • Marshall Sambell

    I feel like this was locked away in my mind somewhere and you just unlocked it

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  • thecrazyracoon

    Holy childhood

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