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Polaris SnoCross

Windows - 2000

Alt name SnowCross
Year 2000
Platform Windows
Released in United States (2000)
France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom (2001)
Russia (2002)
Genre Racing / Driving, Sports
Theme Licensed Title, Snowmobile, Tricks / Stunts
Publisher 1C Company, Vatical Entertainment LLC, Wanadoo Edition
Developer Driver-Inter, Ltd., Vicarious Visions, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, 3rd-Person
4.38 / 5 - 42 votes

Description of Polaris SnoCross

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Snowcross is an above-average snowmobile racing game from Wanadoo.

While it is not as fun as Konami's popular line of snowboarding games, it is still a fun game that introduces a few interesting innovations in the genre. As in most other racing games, you can choose from 3 gameplay modes: single race, tournament, and league. In the tournament mode, you must win 3 different leagues in sequence. In both league and tournament, the races take place both during daytime and at night.

The graphics - especially during nighttime - is excellent, taking full advantage of 3D cards to offer very detailed snowmobiles and scenery. There is a nice sense of progress in the game: you can win points on races by performing tricks and stunts on jumps and falls throughout the races. With enough points, you can rig and modify your snowmobile for better speed, etc. Winning multiple races will unlock extra tracks and new bikes.

In another nice touch, you can win races in any way possible - including underhanded ways such as forcing your opponents off-course and knocking them from their bikes. You can also can move off the track to find short-cuts and alternative routes to the finish line. With 12 racing courses (actually 24 if you consider how different they look and feel during day/night) and 18 different snowmobiles, Snowcross offers more than a few hours of solid gaming.

So what prevents Snowcross from being a Top Dog? For all its high points, the actual race is not executed very well. The computer opponents, for example, is not very smart, and pursues an annoying strategy of letting you lead the whole race, before speeding up and trying to ram into you during the last 10 meters of the race. The graphics is also suspect - I don't get much of the feel of racing on snow - the tracks feel too smooth and the snowmobiles "glide" too easily.

All in all, it's a competent game with enough production values to entertain you for a while - if you don't look too closely at realism. Recommended, but not a Top Dog.

Review By HOTUD

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How to play Polaris SnoCross Windows

The game released in Europe under title Snowcross and in US under title Polaris SnoCross. Both versions are identical, only difference is the soundtrack and racetracks' names

Install & play guide:

  • Mount the disk image of the game. It's a .CUE-file (disk image), you will need the utility for mounting disk image files, like Daemon Tools Lite, UltraISO, WinCDEmu, Alcohol 120%, etc.
  • Start the installation from Setup.exe
  • After installation is done, install the fix by beha_r. Originally the game works only on Windows 9x systems, to play the game on Windows XP / Windows 7 or newer OS, use the fix by beha_r
  • Launch the game and play

If the game doesn't run - right click on Snocross.exe - Properties - Compatibility - Set Run this app in compatibility mode with Windows 95/98, Win2000 or Windows XP, then run again.

If it didn't help - open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del by default) and check for processes Snocross.exe and rundll32.exe. Close Snocross.exe but don't touch rundll32.exe (it's a Windows app for running old apps from 32-bit operational systems, most old games running through rundll32.exe). Now try to launch the game again, it must work. Don't forget to close rundll32.exe process in Task Manager after finishing playing

The game has been tested with fixes on Windows 7 64-bit, works okay. If you have troubles with the game, like there's no audio or you want to play in high resolution, try to use utilities that helps to run the old games on new PCs, like DXWnd or dgVoodoo

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Comments and reviews

Aaron Chambers 2024-03-29 0 point

how do i fix the lack of music

zodd 2024-03-13 0 point

unable to start game massege any help ?

waffleman 2024-01-02 0 point

Works just fine. Only big hangup is the resolution but you can fix that with dxwnd

Raven_04 2023-09-25 1 point

Both US and European version works, (Windows 10) but there is no way to change the resolution in the options menu, it stays at 640X480.
Any ideas how to fix this?
Btw if the game wont launch for you, try running the game in compatibility mode.

Raven_04 2023-09-23 1 point

Used to play this for hours every day when i was a kid. I remember upgrading your snowmobile did not changed much, and the game was hard because ai was cheating, but still i managed to beat the game somehow. and i was so happy when i finished it.
Good old days, i miss them :(

Alex 2023-01-28 0 point

Not working on windows xp sp3 32 bits. Tried everything possible, even in compatibility mode and the last one, killing the snowcross process and letting alive the rundll32, still not a thing. It just displays a black screen when opening the game. Any ideas?

no snowmobile 2022-12-13 0 point

never play racing games where you need points in finish them.

admin 2022-01-20 -1 point

Probably not

LOC 2022-01-19 1 point

So does that mean it has a trojan or not?

user 2021-10-28 1 point

the game have virus,Trojan........

Half Life 2021-09-02 1 point

I cant run in windows 10

Nico 2020-10-10 1 point

I can't play the game :((( when I try to launch it on windows 10 it simply doesn't do anything

gustavo ricci 2020-06-26 0 point

Savegame 100%

Mr Happy 2020-04-20 1 point

This game is so interesting

Leon 2018-12-29 9 points

This was my first game and i played it a lot i spend 4 hours each day on this. This was my childhood

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Windows Version

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Game Extras

Various files to help you run Polaris SnoCross, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

Fixfix by beha_r (for US version) English version 1 MB Fixfix by beha_r (for European version) English version French version German version Italian version Spanish; Castilian version Portuguese version 1 MB

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