10. R.C. PRO-AM (1987)
This is one of the classic old-school racers in my opinion. It paved the way for games like Rock ‘N’ Roll Racing, so it will always have a special place for me. Unfortunately, the game cheats. The rival cars go faster than you, and they will almost always catch up with you. I explain how to maximise your chances below.
Rewind is the only cheat available, but that should be more than enough. This is another game where you should be creating a manual save at the start of each race so you can reload if you don't finish top 3. If you do lose, you can continue where you left off from the start screen, but saving is easier and quicker.
Start a new game, and you’ll unlock:
Your first port of call is to complete every course. You need to finish at least 3rd in every single race in order to progress to the next course. Now, while it doesn’t matter if you finish first, it is important to pick up as many upgrades as you can each race.
The upgrades you collect are permanently added to your vehicle – your current upgrade level is shown between races.
While you’re driving around, look out for shining objects appearing on the track – there will award you with letters. If you manage to collect the letters “CHAMPION”, you will be given a permanently upgraded car, making everything a little bit easier. There is usually one letter per race.
If you collect every upgrade and letter per race, you’ll have a much easier time of finishing the game – so make sure to rewind if you drive past one and collect it. Even if you don’t need one, collect it so your rivals can’t get it. If you fail to collect these as you go along, you’ll find the later races impossible.
In the later levels you will also see a Skull icon on the road – avoid these as they remove missiles and bombs from your inventory.
When you get to level 21, I advise keeping a separate save as this seems by far the easiest of the courses to finish first in, since the AI can’t seem to handle the combination of booster pads and oil slicks.
Once you’ve completed each of the 24 courses, you’ll unlock:
Once you have this, it’s a matter of playing the levels you’re comfortable with over and over – this is why I recommended a save at level 21. Load up your save (or just do the first few levels again) and play over and over.
Once you have completed 100 total laps, you will unlock:
Once you have collected a total of 50 upgrades, you will unlock:
Get a Grip!
R.C. Pro-Am: Collect 50 upgrades over time.
Now for the wins. The best way is to make a save when you’re in first place, just before crossing the line. That way, you can just reload the save and cross the line each time for another 1st place finish. Once you have 25, you’ll unlock:
With that, let’s get started on the Snapshots. The first snapshot requires you to collect all 28 stars from the track before the race ends. There is no Rewind to help you now so this may be a little more difficult than you expect if you’re trying to do it properly. Luckily, there are 4 laps, and you don’t personally need to finish, so just take it slowly and collect each one as you get to them. Once you’ve collected all, you’ll unlock:
The second snapshot requires you to score 2500 points in 60 seconds. This is a very simple one to get. You start off with 3 missiles so let your opponents overtake you then shoot each one. From then it’s just a matter of collecting items dotted around the track and trying to win – you get points each time you cross the line.
The third snapshot requires you to win a 5-lap race with an average speed of more than 85mph. Your average speed will be shown on the screen so it’s just a matter of hitting every boost you can and not crashing. It’s a bit tricky, but it’s doable. The only real obstacle is the oil patch on the final corner, so keep an eye out for it.
The fourth snapshot requires you to successfully shoot your opponents with missiles 5 times and then finish the race in 1st. You start off with three missiles, and all of the missile pickups are on the very left and right of the final straight. Allow your rivals to take off ahead of you to get a few easy hits in before going for the win.
The fifth snapshot is obviously annoyingly frustrating. You start off one lap down and need to finish the race in first place. This means you need to overtake each car twice within the 9 laps. Luckily, you have by far the fastest car and there are no obstacles on the track. As long as you race clean, you have a good chance of making it. There is also a letter on the track very early on which will upgrade your car, making it even easier – if you miss this on your first lap, just restart and try again.
This is basically down to a lot of practice and learning the track. Save your bombs for the green car to give yourself a couple of extra seconds. When you manage it, you’ll unlock:
Complete all of the R.C. Pro-Am snapshots.
That is all of the achievements and Stamps unlocked for this game. Congrats!
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