Before there was Knight Rider, there was Herbie, the lovable Volkswagen Bug with a mind of its own. Herbie has been the subject of six movies and a television series. In Herbie, a Shockwave racing game, you get the chance to portray the car in two races!
Herbie is presented in Spanish, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this racing game. For those gamers who are not polyglots, we will provide some general instructions to get you going. Once the game has loaded, you will be taken to the title screen. From here, you will select the race that you want to play, NASCAR or "Desierto" (a desert road). After you have selected your race, you will be taken to a screen presenting the instructions and controls (we'll explain those in later paragraphs). Click the "Jugar" button to start the race, or the "Volver" button to return to the title screen if you would prefer to play the other race.
The goal of Herbie is to beat the five AI-controlled cars in a four-lap race. Your position in the race is indicated above the word "Lugar" at the bottom of the screen, and the current lap is indicated above the word "Vuelta".
Aside from the menu screens, this racing game is controlled by the keyboard. The left and right arrow keys steer Herbie in the respective direction. Hold the up arrow key to accelerate forward, and the down arrow key to brake and reverse. Finally, the spacebar is used to jump. Since there are no obstacles in this car game, you may wonder why jumping is a useful function. Anyone who has played Counter-Strike or Quake will know that bunny hopping is quicker than running; in Herbie, it is quicker than driving too! If you find that Herbie's speed is too slow compared to the opposing cars, then try bunny hopping to catch up or maintain your lead.
Although its instructions are written in Spanish, Herbie is an enjoyable car game, even for gamers who are not polyglots. If you enjoy 3D racing games, then you should give Herbie a try! ¡Buena suerte!