Activision Inc
1989
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes

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Mark Caswell
Chris Bourne

Hold onto your hats (and stomachs), we're off to the races for a nerve-racking battle against the clock in that cream of modern engineering, a Formula One racing machine... no, hold on It’s a sand buggy?!

Power Drift was Activision's Chrimble race offering back in Issue 71. Your vehicle isn't as flash as a Porsche 959, a lamborghine, a Ferrari F40 or one of the new half a million quid Jaguars (ah, shame!), but sand buggys are rugged and well nippy.

First choose a character from the 12 ugly drivers on offer, then prepare for the race of your life on five of the wildest courses around. There are 11 computer-controlled psychopaths waiting to ram you off the road, so don't imagine it's just the course that'll cause problems.

Completing the stage in at least third place is your main priority, as It ensures a position in the grid for the next race, but getting a bronze trophy isn't as easy as it sounds (the gold 'un is even tougher to grab).

Graphically the game's good, but the programmers could have animated the buggy's tyres - it looks silly speeding around with static wheels. Also the similarity between levels becomes tedious (poke me in the ribs when the race is finished).

Overall, Power Drift is a game worthy of purchase at budget price, but don't expect too much.

MARK ... 71%

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Select your character and track and away you go.

That's a bit of a steep hill. Better get out and push, I think.