offers the choice of either preserving the vehicles' energy meter, or using it to boost ahead of the competition. After selecting a character, players may choose the color of the vehicle and adjust their machine's performance between maximum acceleration and maximum top speed. Dash plates are located at various points around the track. When any vehicle goes over one of these plates, a speed boost is acquired that doesn't cost any energy. There are also special driving techniques such as the 'Railslide' that can break the game's normal physics.
includes five different modes.
In Grand Prix, race against twenty-nine other opponents through the tracks of a Grand Prix tour. The player needs to select a difficulty level: Novice, Standard, Expert or Master. The higher the difficulty level, the tougher the opponents and less spare machines. A "spare machine" is similar to an extra life. In this game's case if the player starts over or changes settings after the game is paused, or if the machine loses all its energy, or falls off the track, that costs one spare machine each. When there are no spare machines left, the selection to start the track over or change settings while the game is paused is disabled. After the final course is completed, the Final Results in Grand Prix screen will appear. If ranked first, an "X" mark is rewarded. If ranked 2nd or 3rd, the player will have to try again. If ranked 4th or lower, there will be a daytime scene with the player's vehicle racing around a track.
VS Battle is a Multiplayer mode where two to four players can play simultaneously. Four machines will race in all the multi-player modes, out of the four, those not used by players will be operated by the computer. If a player ends up retiring before the other players, that person will enter VS Slot. A slot machine will appear. If three pictures are matched, its then possible make another player's machine lose all or half of its energy (depending on which pictures matched). If three "X" marks appear, the leading machine will lose all its energy. If three skulls appear all machines will lose their energy. In VS Handicap its possible to adjust the handicap option to "+1" or "+2", boost power will not consume as much energy or boost power will consume even less energy respectively that will give the slower machine an advantage.
Time Attack lets the player choose a track and complete it in the shortest time possible. Times that are low enough will unlock the hidden recorded races by the Staff Ghosts. The Staff Ghosts, have very fast times set by the game's development team, for the player to an extra challenge. There are no rewards for beating them, but a red 'X' appears next to the track on the course selection screen to show the ghost has been defeated. Practice mode allows the player to practice any track with 29 opponents.
In Death Race the player objective is to annihilate the 29 other racers as speedily as possible, as may be inferred by the name. There is only one course, which is on a perpetual straightaway and has no difficulty level. There is no limit to the number of laps, boost can be used right away, and best times will be saved to memory. A star is earned for each rival machine that's actually destroyed. Stars give you a bit of energy. The player won't get a star if a rival machine crashes into another. When the number of remaining rival machines is zero, the game is over. If the player's Energy Meter reaches 0, or if he or she fall off the track, the player will need to start the whole race all over.