The light bridges I remember were translucent, not opaque like Mario Kart. Also I don’t remember any landscape at all. Just light bridges against a black background. It was very 3D, with very steep parts both up and down. (And crazy turns too, of course.)
In terms of technology, I would say it was several years more advanced than that Mario kart game, about on par with the AeroGauge screenshot. (But without landscape.)
My memory of the light bridges is similar to (or possibly conflated with) the light bridges in the original Halo. I think the ones in this racing game were multicolored, but structurally in my memory it’s the halo bridges, just really long and turny and hilly.
I do remember you could fly off the track but then miracle your landing onto an entirely different part of the track way below it. I want to say we played it split screen, but it’s entirely possible it was single player only and we just took turns.
No but that’s an excellent guess. None of us had Nintendo consoles, but some YouTube videos look rather similar to my memory. One exception is the lines. For both F-Zero and Mario Kart pictured above, the lines on the track are horizontal. The game I remember had vertical lines like Wipeout.
I’m starting to think it was an off-brand Wipeout clone, and that’s why I’m having trouble finding it.
Sadly no. Nothing posted yet is clearly the answer, though some of those Wipeout versions are the closest. Also, after seeing all the videos posted, I realize that the elements familiar to me from the Wipeout video are in all the games…the speed-ups along the track, guns to shoot your opponents, etc…
As for the name, the only thing I remember is that I think it had a W (so…Wipeout?), and possibly a Z, but then that train of thought consistently gets drowned out by the name Herzog Zwei, which obviously isn’t it. Fantastic as that game was, it’s over a decade older and a completely different genre.
On a tangent, I’m wondering what the very first RTS game was. I can’t decide between Populous and Herzog Zwei, both of which I played (and loved) to death.
It occurs to me that if I find one fun enough, I don’t care if it’s the one I remember or not. And apparently there are about a billion of these games out there.
So an equally valid alternate question is, can anyone recommend a good game on Steam in this genre? It doesn’t have to be super modern cutting edge, but it also doesn’t have to be super old. Just looking for mindless fun. Is the Wipeout franchise the gold standard?
(My fantasy was that I would find it on Steam exactly like I found Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, which I’m still so happy I remembered and found. Though my high score is still only around 560k…)
ETA: I just realized that it’s technically possible it wasn’t a standalone game at all, but rather one of those Xbox arcade games like Geometry Wars. Both were from roughly the same era, +/- a year or four.
I distinctly remember connecting two PCs together with a…serial cable?..and playing head-to-head Populous on the same map at the same time, I think the colors were red and blue. Playing it head to head like that felt very RTS.