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Image Works
1991
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£10.99
English
ZX Spectrum 128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Mark Caswell, Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

HOW'D YOU LIKE TO LEAP INTO A TURBO-CHARGED POLICE CAR AND BOMB UP THE ROAD, KILLING INNOCENT BYSTANDERS AND TREES ALIKE? NOW YOU CAN, WITH IMAGE WORKS' LATEST OFFERING, CISCO HEAT. MARK 'SLEDGE HAMMER' CASWELL GRABBED A 44 MAGNUM AND SHADES TO DRIVE A BULLET-RIDDLED CAR AT SUICIDAL SPEEDS.

Not content with screeching around the streets throughout the year, preparations for the annual policemen's race are underway. Certain sections of San Francisco are cordoned off, ready for police departments from all over the US to do battle. You play the SFPD's most suicidal bobby, who races against other like-minded maniacs for the honour of your department.

The first section of the race starts on Golden Gate Bridge and ends several tyre-screeching blocks away on Fisherman's Wharf. Plenty of competition lines up on the starting grid, revving their engines as they wait for the chequered flag. To avoid confusion, the jolly programmer chappies have made your car a flashy red colour.

TRUST ME, I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING
As with most racing games nowadays, the car has manual gears, so leave the car in low until you reach 100mph or so, then wop it into high.

Though the roads are dosed, the Sunday drivers are out in force, not that they damage your car if you smack into them. Something much worse happens - you lose precious race seconds. Similarly, if you hit the traffic that crosses the road at certain points or pile into the scenery, another few jiffys are lost.

The SFPD's reputation's at stake here, don't let the guys down. Look on the bright side, at least you can't be stopped for speeding!

BOOK HIM DANNO, MURDER ONE
Mirrorsoft should be arrested for trying to convince innocent Speccy owners to shell out their pocket money for Cisco Heat at full price. I've seen better racing games on budget labels - Chase HQ, for example. It's not that the game's crap, by any means - the graphics are detailed, even though they're mainly monochrome - but the market (this little piggy goes to market, ha ha -Ed) is full of racing games and anything new has to have something special to stand out from the crowd.

Sadly, Cisco Heat is stuck somewhere in the mediocre pile. If it'd been released a couple of years ago the story could have been different, but before you consider purchasing it now, take my advice - try before you buy.

MARK ... 56%

CRITICISM

'One type of game the Speccy's never been short of is racers. There are car, truck, motorbike, jet-ski and even push-bike racing games available - all of them a lot better than Cisco Heat. There's some sort of game in there, but simplistic graphics and terrible colour clash hide it. The action's supposed to take place in San Francisco, famed for its hills. The ones in the game are smoothly curved, they jolt up and down at drastic angles and when driving up one it's impossible to tell what's on the other side. You usually end up smashing into the back of another car, often losing yourself the race. There are much better racing games available an rerelease, check them out and save yourself a lot of dosh!' NICK ... 42%

Cisco Heat is okay as far as it goes. Trouble is, it doesn't go very far.

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Three, two, one and put the pedal to the metal. (You're the red one by the way).

Screeech! These cop cars don't go very well sideways, do they?

Oh my God! Some nutter's gone and stuck a bus in the road!