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

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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.