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US Gold Ltd
1987
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£7.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

76
Phil South
Chris Bourne

Hang On! BrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRmmmmmm! Eeeeeee! Brrrrrr...

It's incredible, really, what playing race games does to serious computer journalists. I can't help myself! I'm a sucker for anything like this, 'cos if it's got some wheels and goes vroom I'm all for it.

Motorbike games are a little bit thin on the ground these days. This one was spawned, it seems to me, as a coin-op conversion of a game called Hang On, a spanking little game in the arcades last year.

As a cycle race it's alright, with all the usual bells and whistles - gears, Xmas tree start lights... you know the drill. Its a bit lacking in the excitement department, with no real goal, like a highscore table, or league ladder. You just cycle as fast as you can until your time runs out, which seems a bit of a pointless exercise to me.

On top of this, there appear to be a few bugs in the game. Get this - after swerving off the track and off the screen I then appeared on the other side of the screen! Weird! Another strange effect - when I hit a post at the side of the track, I stopped dead and fell off. I was completely stationary. So why did the opponent bikes whizz past me like I was overtaking them? Double weird!

A peculiar little offering, and not one of US Gold's best.

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