From the creators of Natural Fawn Killers (folks, I couldn’t make
this stuff up if I tried), comes a high adrenalin, 1970s chix and
muscle car racer entitled Hot Chix ‘n’ Gear Stix. I tell ya, if games
were judged simply by the title they were given, Fiendish Games
would have had a winner on their hands. Unfortunately for them,
and the end user, the name Chix ‘n’ Stix is all it has going for it, as
this game lacks any substance or atmosphere whatsoever.
Chix ‘n’ Stix is a racing game with rather limited options. For
starters, there are only two modes of play for single player and no
multiplayer to speak of. You can choose to either perform time
trials or begin the championship mode, which consists of
completing a series of three tracks. That’s right, there’s only a total
of three tracks provided in Chix ‘n’ Stix. Similar to other racing
games, you can’t advance to the next track without finishing first
on the track preceding it. You can choose to race both forward or
backward on each track, but that really adds very little variation to
the game. You only need ride three tracks for so long before you
can drive with your eyes closed. There are a total of six cars to
choose from before racing, but the differences between them
aren’t very noticeable, nor are they displayed in the game.
Whether your vehicle handles well, accelerates well, or has the
top speed of the bunch, is an unknown. In the championship
mode, the only objective is to place first in the race in order to
advance to the next track, there is no money gained by finishing in
the top three, hence no upgrades or anything of that sort in Chix
So where do the Chix come into play you ask? Well, there are a
total of six chix, each of which is assigned to a car. That’s right,
each of these beautiful (in a Leisure Suit Larry kinda way) ladies
will race against you in championship mode. Other than that, the
ladies are never heard from, or seen of again. It’s really just a ploy
to grab some attention, but since it got me to take a look at the
game, I suppose it worked in the end.
The graphics in Chix ‘n’ Stix are powered by Direct3D and are
relatively primitive. The tracks themselves seem uninspired. The
environment and cars don’t have a great deal of detail in them at
all. As for the Chix, well, refer back to the ‘Leisure Suit Larry kinda
way’ comment from earlier. In terms of sound, I will say that the
best component of this game is the music. Funky 70’s tunes play
aloud as you race around the track and I dug it. The rest of the
sound, that’s another story. The sound effects were pretty brutal at
times. The engine sounds were fairly decent, but when you crash
the car, there’s this really horrible metalic sound that seems so out
of place. There’s really very little sound in the game, music aside.
The controls are fairly responsive, although the car doesn’t always
turn as tightly as I would have liked. You can control the car using
either the keyboard, gamepad or a wheel, and there’s really very
few keys you’ll need to use. A simple up, down, left, right will get
the job done in terms of accelerating, braking and turning. You
can crash the car as frequently as you wish, since Chix ‘n’ Stix
doesn’t feature any car damage either. It won’t affect how you
drive and it certainly won’t slow you down.
Hot Chix ‘n’ Gear Stix is a budget title through and through. The
problem is, even for a budget title, it lacks any kind of substance.
With only three tracks available and no multiplayer features, the
replay value is zilch. Even if you’re looking for a quick ride, there
are better titles out there to quench your desire. The bottom line,
while the Chix might be hot (once again, in that Leisure Suit Larry
kinda way), this game, is NOT!