Microsoft Monster Truck Madness Crushes and Leaps Its Way Into Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 1996 — You might not want to admit it, but right now you’re behind the wheel of BigFoot® , the king of monster truck racing. You slam into Snake Bite®
, and the shocking roar of the collision fills your ears as your truck careers against a barrier, sending glass and mud flying all around you.

As the dust clears, you see Snake Bite out the window, far ahead. If there ever was a rule book, now is the time to throw it away. You drive off road and feel the exhilaration of flying over jagged hills and across shallow ponds as your shortcut brings you closer to your competition. You’re now bearing down on Snake Bite, about to crush and leap your way to victory in the fastest, most heart-pounding race of your life.

That’s just a taste of the action available to PC CD-ROM game players in Monster Truck Madness, a radical and realistic racing simulation that puts gamers behind the wheel of the world’s most powerful vehicles. Gamers and industry pundits get their first look at the radically uninhibited game – based on the Microsoft® Windows®
95 operating system and coming to store shelves this holiday season from Microsoft Corp. – today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show (E3).

Monster Truck Madness portrays a realistic off-road experience and allows drivers to choose from the following racing modes:

  • Drag, circuit and rally racing formats

  • Three levels of racing – rookie, intermediate and professional

  • Driver, spectator,
    “race cam”
    and instant-replay views

  • One-on-one against computer-controlled trucks, dual player using modem-to-modem connection, or multiplayer game play over the Internet or a local area network (LAN), in which as many as eight players can race against each one another. Monster Truck Madness fully supports the DirectPlay
    API under Windows 95.

Monster Truck Madness provides highly detailed renderings of 10 world-famous monster trucks, including BigFoot, Snake Bite and Gravedigger®
. The trucks incorporate the most accurate vehicle physics and provide true-to-life, bone-jarring, four-wheel-drive movements, both on the ground and in the air, as gamers race on outdoor tracks and inside stadium venues. Drivers can adjust their vehicles to tackle various elements, including mud, grass, sand and water.

The gunning motors and cries of twisted metal are the real things – recorded and digitized from actual monster truck races. Narrating the drive to victory is the voice of Armey Armstrong, beloved by monster truck racing fans everywhere.

Gamers will appreciate the tremendous ease of use of Monster Truck Madness, courtesy of Windows 95; just pop in the CD-ROM and start playing. There’s no manual to review, and players can be colliding with or smashing opponents within minutes.

In addition to the standalone, direct modem and LAN playing options, players can connect to Microsoft’s Monster Truck Web Stop site on the World Wide Web. There, they’ll find up-to-the-minute information on monster trucks and race results.

Monster Truck Madness features fully licensed monster trucks and was developed by Terminal Reality Inc., creator of the Hellbender and Fury3

Pricing, System Requirements and Availability

Monster Truck Madness is scheduled to be available in fall 1996 for approximately $44.95.

System requirements include a multimedia PC or compatible with a 486DX2/66 or higher microprocessor (486DX2/100 recommended); Windows 95; 8 MB of RAM (12 MB recommended); at least 20 MB (80 MB recommended) of hard disk space; a double-speed or faster CD-ROM drive; a 256-color, Super VGA display monitor; a Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device; a joystick or compatible device (optional); a sound board (required for audio); headphones or speakers; and a Hayes®
-compatible modem (2400bps minimum, 9600bps recommended) for connection to the Monster Truck Web Stop site.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Windows, DirectPlay and Fury3 are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

BigFoot, Snake Bite and Gravedigger are registered trademarks of BigFoot 4×4 Inc.

Hayes is a registered trademark of Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc.

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