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Mastertronic Ltd
M.J. Child
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Ross Holman, Rick Robson, Dougie Bern
Chris Bourne

Dougie: Action Bike sports three (count 'em) loading screens, one of which is an uninspired advert for a packet of brandname 'crispy corn fries'. So, having been brainwashed into lashing out on a packet of said fries, I sat down to see if the game was as good.

Clumsy Colin, our hero on a bike, has to seek out his mate Marti in one of 150 houses on a very colourful housing estate. A feeble on-screen speedometer registers how fast you drive around the lanes, but what with oil all over the road, other vehicles smashing into you, and tight corners every time you look up, there's no chance of reaching high speeds.

Searching a house, which is depicted in a psuedo-3D plan view, is pretty fruitless - but you do occasionally come across some 'go-faster' accessory for Clumsy Colin's bike, such as some headlamps or special wheels.

On-screen graphics are pretty jerky, and the scrolling leaves a lot to be desired. Not one that I could recommend. 3/10

Ross: OK, so it's cheap but that doesn't have to mean nasty all the time. It'll keep you occupied as long as it takes to eat a bag of crisps. 2/10

Rick: So, this is what our very own action biker, Willis is up to now he's left Joystick Jury! But no, he would've picked a game with more class. 3/10