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                               Boss Rally
                                    
                    Unofficial Strategy Guide and FAQ
                                    
                             by Kasey Chang
                                    
                       released September 23, 2003
    
    0    Introduction
    
    0.1   A word from the author
    
    A quick browse through the gamefaq.com shows that there is no FAQ
    available for this arcade racer, so here's my version.
    
    This is a FAQ, NOT a manual. You won't learn how to play the game
    with this document, and I'm NOT about to add it to ease the life
    of software pirates.
    
    This USG only covers the PC version since that's the only version
    that I have.
    
    Some of you may recognize my name as the editor for the XCOM and
    XCOM2: TFTD FAQ's, among others.
    
    0.2   Terms of Distribution
    
    This document is copyrighted by Kuo-Sheng "Kasey" Chang (c) 2003,
    all rights reserved excepted as noted above in the disclaimer
    section.
    
    This document is available FREE of charge subjected to the
    following conditions:
    
    1) This notice and author's name must accompany all copies of
    this document: "Boss Rally Unofficial Strategy Guide" is
    copyrighted (c) 2003 by Kasey K.S. Chang, all rights reserved
    except as noted in the disclaimer."
    
    2) This document must NOT be modified in any form or manner
    without prior permission of the author with the following
    exception: if you wish to convert this document to a different
    file format or archive format, with no change to the content,
    then no permission is needed.
    
    2a) In case you can't read, that means TXT only. No banners, no
    HTML borders, no cutting up into multiple pages to get you more
    banner hits, and esp. no adding your site name to the site list.
    
    3) No charge other than "reasonable" compensation should charged
    for its distribution. Free is preferred, of course. Sale of this
    information is expressly prohibited. If you see any one selling
    this guide, drop me a line at ksc1@aol.com.
    
    4) If you used material from this, PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE the source,
    else it is plagiarism.
    
    5) The author hereby grants all games-related web sites the right
    to archive and link to this document to share among the game
    fandom, provided that all above restrictions are followed.
    
    Sidenote: The above conditions are known as a statutory contract.
    If you meet them, then you are entitled to the rights I give you
    in 5), i.e. archive and display this document on your website. If
    you don't follow them, then you did not meet the statutory
    contract conditions, and therefore you have no right to display
    this document. If you still do so, then you are infringing upon
    my copyright. This section was added for any websites that don't
    seem to understand this.
    
    For the gamers: You are under NO obligation to send me ANY
    compensation.  However, I do ask for a VOLUNTARY contribution of
    one (1) US Dollar if you live in the United States, and if you
    believe this guide helped your game. If you choose to do so,
    please make your US$1.00 check or $1.00 worth of US stamps to
    "Kuo-Sheng Chang", and send it to "2220 Turk Blvd. #6, San
    Francisco, CA 94118 USA". If you don't live in the US, please
    send me some local stamps. I collect stamps too.
    
    0.3  Voluntary Contribution
    
    Gamers who read this guide are under NO obligation to send me ANY
    compensation.
    
    However, a VOLUNTARY contribution of one (1) US Dollar would be
    very appreciated.
    
    If you choose to do so, please make your US$1.00 check or $1.00
    worth of stamps to "Kuo-Sheng Chang", and send it to "2220 Turk
    Blvd. #6, San Francisco, CA 94118 USA".
    
    If you don't live in the US, please send me some local stamps. I
    collect stamps too.
    
    For the record, out of ALL the FAQs I wrote (45 at least count),
    I've received exactly 14 dollars, and 3 sets of stamps, as of
    latest release of this guide. So I'm NOT making any money off
    these guides, folks.
    
    0.4   How and when to contact me
    
    PLEASE let me know if there's a confusing or missing remark,
    mistakes, and thereof... If you find a question about this game
    that is not covered in the USG, e-mail it to me at the address
    specified below.  I'll try to answer it and include it in the
    next update.
    
    Please do NOT write me for technical support. I do NOT work for a
    game company and thus I do NOT provide support.
    
    Please do NOT ask me to send you a list of controls, the manual,
    etc. If you borrowed the game without borrowing the manual, curse
    at your own stupidity. If you bought the game without a manual,
    please blame your own stupidity as well. If you copied the game
    without copying the manual, you're scum in my book.
    
    Please do NOT ask me to answer questions that had already been
    answered in this guide. It makes you look REALLY idiotic.
    
    I will NOT answer stupid questions like the ones above unless I'm
    in a really good mood. If you send questions like that, do NOT
    expect a reply.
    
    The address below is spelled out phonetically so spammers can't
    use spambots on it:
    
    Kilo-Sierra-Charlie-Hotel-Alpha-November-Golf-Seven-Seven AT
    Yankee-Alpha-Hotel-Oscar-Oscar DOT Charlie-Oscar-Mike
    
    To decipher this, simply read the first letter off each word
    except for the numbers and the punctuation. This is "military
    phonetics" or "aeronautical phonetics" in case you're wondering.
    
    This document was produced on Microsoft Word 97. Some editing was
    done with Editpad (editpadclassic.com).
    
    0.5    The Author
    
    I am just a game player who decided to write my own FAQs when the
    ones I find don't cover what I want to see.  Lots of people like
    what I did, so I kept doing it.
    
    Previously, I've written Unofficial Strategy Guides (USGs) for
    XCOM, XCOM2:TFTD, Wing Commander, Wing Commander 2, Wing
    Commander 3, Wing Commander 4, Privateer, Spycraft, 688(I)
    Hunter/Killer. Mechwarrior 3, MW3 Expansion Pack, Mechwarrior 4,
    Mechwarrior 4: Black Knight, Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed,
    The Sting!, Terranova, Fallout Tactics, Starfleet Command Volume
    II, DS9: The Fallen, Dominion War, Driver, and a few more.
    
    To contact me, see 0.4 above.
    
    0.6   Disclaimer/ Copyright Information
    
    Boss Rally is a trademark of Southpeak Interactive. Created by
    Boss Games
    
    This USG is not endorsed or authorized by either, and since
    neither exists as of now, it doesn't really matter.
    
    The information compiled in this USG has been gathered
    independently through the author's efforts.
    
    0.7   Release log
    
    23-SEP-2003    First release
    
    And probably the last release as well, as I doubt I'd be playing
    this ever again. It's impossible.
    
    0.8   The Most Frequently Asked Questions
    
    Q: Can you send me Boss Rally?
    A: No. It's a lousy game any way.
    
    Q: Can you send me the manual (or portions thereof)?
    A: You don't need it.
    
    Q: Can you tell me how to play the game?
    A: Read the manual.
    
    Q: What's the latest version?
    A: Don't see any patches available, doubt you'll need one.
    
    Q: Can the car be damaged?
    A: There's some damage "texture", but it doesn't seem to affect
    the car's handling.
    
    Q: Are there shortcuts on the courses?
    A: Yes, some courses have shortcuts, and you'll need them to
    place high.
    
    
    
    1    Game Information
    
    This section contains the general game information.
    
    1.1   Game Information
    
    Boss Rally is an arcade racer where you race various courses
    against various AI opponents in various conditions with various
    cars... Ba-humbug.  It supports LAN play, but no Internet play.
    
    It has a total of six courses, each can be raced mirrored, for 12
    courses.
    
    Each course can be raced in multiple conditions, including sunny,
    rain, fog, snow, and night.
    
    As you win, you unlock better cars, and you'll need them as the
    AI gets tougher.
    
    1.2   Hardware requirements
    
    Windows 95/98
    
    233MHz Processor
    
    32 MB RAM
    
    8x CD-ROM Drive
    
    DirectX 6 (included)
    
    16-Bit Windows Compatible Sound Card
    
    60 MB of Hard Disk Space
    
    Microsoft Compatible mouse or other pointing device.
    
    Multiplayer capability via LAN, modem or serial cable.
    
    Video:
    
    3D 4 Meg Video Memory
    
    Hardware-Accelerated video card (Glide or Direct 3D) required.
    
    3dfx Voodoo, NVIDIA RIVA, ATI Rage Pro, S3 Savage, Matrox G200
    and other Direct 3D compatible hardware supported.
    
    1.3   Single and Multiplayer Modes
    
    In single player, you can play following modes:
    
    * quick race
    
    * time attack
    
    * championship
    
    Only quick race is available in multiplayer
    
    1.4   Author's review of the title
    
    Boss Rally is a pretty lousy racer, even when you take into
    account that it's a 1999 title.
    
    First of all, initially only two cars are available, and both are
    lousy. You can't unlock any more unless you beat at least one
    season of the championship, and there are plenty more to go.
    
    Second, the cars don't seem to go straight. While sliding around
    corners is fun, you get tired after a while with all that wrist
    bending.
    
    Third, the championship is a joke. What happens is you are left
    at 20th place. In 3 laps, pass as many cars as you can. If you
    make it all the way to first place, you get 9 pts. 2nd place 6
    pts, and so on. When you get to 6th place, you get no pts. and
    there on down. To pass the first championship, you must score at
    least 10 pts. For the second championship, 15 pts, and so on.
    This is NOT racing!
    
    Fourth, the AI cheats like crazy. In Quick race, if you left the
    AI behind by a big margin, it will suddenly start driving like
    superman. For example, if you managed to get 7 seconds ahead of
    it, it will suddenly drive extremely fast and makes NO mistakes.
    So when you reach the next checkpoint, the margin is suddenly
    down to 2 seconds, then 5 seconds later it overtakes you, then it
    slows down and you can pass it again. This is NOT funny!
    
    Fifth, when the AI doesn't cheat, it STILL acts of it's cheating.
    AI cars can take corners MUCH faster than you're able to. While
    you slide to the outside, the AI cars will do PERFECT turns,
    while speeding AWAY from you!
    
    Sixth, while most cars in championship mode are just there to be
    passed, there are some cars that just will fight you tooth and
    nail!
    
    Seventh, all the interesting cars and tracks are locked at
    beginning, making progression nearly impossible!
    
    I've played a TON of driving games, and this ranks near the
    bottom. It's nearly impossible, there's no difficulty rating, and
    you get NO information about the cars or the course.
    
    If you want a rating, I'd give this one a 2 (out of 10).
    
    2    The Cars
    
    Here is a list of all the cars (including the "cheat" cars)
    
    4WD ES    Ford Escort RS?
    
    4WD LD    Lada?
    
    4WD IP    Subaru Impreza?
    
    4WD CE    Toyota Celica?
    
    4WD RS    Mitsubishi Lancer Evo?
    
    4WD NS    Skoda?
    
    
    
    RWD M3    BMW M3?
    
    RWD SP    ??? (racer with GT wing?)
    
    
    
    RWD HM    Helmet Car?
    
    RWD MT    Ice Cream Truck?
    
    RWD CU    Cube?
    
    RWD BB    Beach Balls?
    
    4WD PJ    Mitsubishi Pajero?
    
    RWD TR    Ford F-150 Racing Truck?
    
    FWD MN    Mini Cooper?
    
    
    
    3    Courses
    
    Here's a list of the courses
    
    3.1   Coastline
    
    This course is all tarmac, quite fast, one shortcut, one
    alternate path.
    
    When you approach the first tunnel, take the road to the right
    instead. You can take that faster and beat the cars in the
    tunnel.
    
    There's a shortcut when you come to the beach. Cut straight
    across the beach should gain you a couple seconds.
    
    3.2   Jungle
    
    The jungle course is either dry mud or wet mud. There's a
    shortcut near the beginning. As you make a left, there's a tunnel
    to your right. If you make it inside, you should gain several
    seconds on your opponents.
    
    Do NOT cut across the water in the final S-turns. That slows you
    down to 55 mph compared to 80-90 mph on the mud path.
    
    3.3   Desert
    
    This course is mostly sand and dirt, with occasional bits of
    asphalt, and lots of jumps.
    
    No shortcut was found yet.
    
    3.4   Mountain
    
    This course is mainly asphalt
    
    No shortcut was found yet.
    
    3.5   Strip Mine
    
    The strip mine has sand, dirt, and asphalt, and road is quite
    narrow.
    
    No shortcut was found yet
    
    3.6   Raceway
    
    Raceway is all asphalt with sand on the side, and a LOT of sharp
    turns.
    
    No shortcut was found yet.
    
    4    Championship
    
    The championship is separated over multiple "seasons". The points
    are given as follows:
    
    First place: 9 pts
    
    Second place: 6 pts
    
    Third place: 4? pts
    
    Fourth place 2 pts
    
    Fifth place: 1 pt
    
    Sixth and lower: nothing
    
    4.1   First season
    
    You must score 10 points over 2 races
    
    Race 1: Coastline / normal / normal
    
    Race 2: Jungle  / normal / normal
    
    If you win first season, you unlock 4WD IP, and 4WD CE, as well
    as the Desert course.
    
    4.2   Second Season
    
    You must score 15 points over 3 races
    
    Race 1: Desert / normal / normal
    
    Race 2: Coastline / normal / normal
    
    Race 3: Jungle / normal / rain
    
    If you win second season, you unlock ??????
    
    4.3   Third Season??
    
    You must score 20? points over 4? races?
    
    ??
    
    I can't win second season no matter what. And it wasn't from lack
    of trying.
    
    5    Cheats
    
    There are no known cheats for this game.
    
    There is a file you can download from about.com's Video Game
    section for this game. Installing that file will give you access
    to all tracks and all vehicles. You will have to reconfigure the
    controls and other options though.
    
    
    
    -- end faq --