Dr. Driving Pro

Dr. Driving Pro Free Version

Doctor, I think you've driven me crazy

When I was a child, I had a driving game called Tomy Turnin' Turbo Dashboard. It was made up of a steering wheel and a collection of lights that represented my car, trees, and traffic. All I had to do was avoid the obstacles and a physical counter racked up my score. View full description

PROS

  • It has some comic appeal
  • The pro version at least has... confetti (?) to add some visual variety

CONS

  • Poor controls
  • No sound or feedback
  • Horrible, repetitive graphics

Not good
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When I was a child, I had a driving game called Tomy Turnin' Turbo Dashboard. It was made up of a steering wheel and a collection of lights that represented my car, trees, and traffic. All I had to do was avoid the obstacles and a physical counter racked up my score.

It wasn't good.

Dr. Driving Pro is the same thing, only 30 years later and far, far worse.

Talk gateing

The sole goal of Dr. Driving Pro it to travel down a straight road in your car avoiding oncoming traffic (which always seems to be heading towards you) in order to reach an undisclosed destination. Upon breaking through the invisible finish line all you receive is a quick pat on the back and the whole sadistic process begins again.

Loose handling

An onscreen steering wheel directs your car down the road towards its goal. Unfortunately, the tiny size of the display means that it proves incredibly hard to control. Dragging the wheel left frequently results in it shifting just a fraction in the desired direction rather than a smooth slide across the road, making any movement a pain.

Fortunately, the sporadic oncoming traffic means that you never have to move very much or very far in order to safely make it to your mystery destination.

Oh, and there is a break pedal, but I never found a reason to use it.

Bad paint job

Visually, Dr. Driving Pro is quite basic. Your car speeds up a straight road, with a looping environment that rapidly flashes its trees and buildings past you in quick succession.

Occasionally you will encounter other cars coming towards you (it doesn’t matter which side of the road you are on, they always seem to be locked into a head on collision). While smashing into these slow you down (possibly stopping you reaching your destination within the time limit), crashes offer no sense of impact. There are no sound effects or specific visual cues, so the only hint that anything has happened is that the other car bounces off you. It’s comical, but not good.

This ones gone off road

Though it may take some inspiration from classic arcade games, the lack of speed, obstacles, and any kind of track variation on your way to the unmarked goal mean Dr. Driving Pro lacks any sense of drama or entertainment.

Dr. Driving Pro

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