1986
Arcade: Action
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

78
Brenda Gore
Chris Bourne

Being a traffic cop is not all its cracked up to be. Endless streams of cars, lorries and motor cycles can soon reduce the best planned traffic flow system to an impenetrable snarl-up. There is plenty of scope for a number of interesting computer games based around this scenario.

Unfortunately, Sbugetti Junction makes little use of this idea. This one player game from Bug-Byte simply places you in control of one junction. Using three keys, or a joystick, you control the traffic flow in all directions. The object of the game is to move as much traffic as possible in the shortest time.

If you get all the traffic through without crashing, or taking too long, you will move on to another junction.

The graphics are clear but unimpressive, though there is a useful blow-up insert of Louigi, the traffic cop.

What the game lacks is a sense of excitement, a build-up of pace and suspense.

This game may appeal to the very young, though I suspect that even they will lose interest before long, but it is unlikely to grab the attention of anyone else. In short, it's boring.

At £1.99 the program is not expensive, but I doubt if many will buy it.

Label: Bug-Byte
Author: Muraya
Price: £1.99
Joystick: Kempston, Sinclair
Memory: 48K
Reviewer: Brenda Gore

*

Simple traffic control game - suffers from terminal boredom. Needs a good deal more imagination - more everything.

1/5