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Code Masters Plus
1988
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£4.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
None

72
Tony Worrall
Chris Bourne

Yet another Simulator from budget king Code Masters, but this time packaged in a novel and rather more expensive way. Jet Bike Sim is the first of the new 'Plus' Series, offering two versions for the same game on two cassettes, together with extra course backgrounds.

Jet bikes are those trendy mini-motor boat thingies that look like motor boats without wheels - the sort of thing that James Bond can construct out of his cigarette case and yuppies are buying in droves (darling warling!). In JBS you have the chance to drive one of these around a water course and try to beat a set time limit, as well as outspeeding three other competitors. Trouble is, everything looks so small and tacky! The bikes are just UDGs and the backgrounds feel very messy.

On top of that, some dodgy controls make the game extremely frustrating to play. Later levels get very tricky indeed and you'll find you have to be skillo.

It's not bad, but JBS fails to capture the style and playability of BMX Simulator. The extra course makes it rather better value, but then of course it does cost two and a hall times as much!

Jet Bike Simulator is more fun with a friend, but then again isn't everything? A definite try-before-you-buy.

A new concept in budget game packaging from Code Masters. (Pity the game's not up to much, though!)

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