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Barry Jones
1985
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Jerry Muir
Chris Bourne

Let's face it, that undignified larger-than-life electric skateboard was always set to end up as the central joke of a computer game.

Its energy-saving, pollution-free promise for a better future was highly admirable - but would you really want to be seen riding one? Sir Clive doesn't mind, and to prove it he's entered it in a rally.

However, Fleet Street's finest are in search of a good story and are out to stop the C5's record breaking bid. As Clive pedals he'll encounter obstacles ranging from prosaic traffic to more exotic emanations - or ghoulies to you!

What this means is a simple Steer the Sprite game without even a scrolling screen. Instead you choose your course from the paths available, swerve to either side, with three angles of turn, and perhaps pedal faster as you avoid the menaces.

It's quite addictive for a short while, but it's also about as primitive as the vehicle in question. Unless you really want a reminder of that fateful project - or of what Spectrum games were like when the machines first appeared - forget it.

Label: Atlantis
Programmer: B Jones
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K
Reviewer: Jerry Muir

**

Scrappy sprites and unsophisticated gameplay make this as tired and old-hat as the 'joke' at its core.

2/5