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Accolade Inc
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

Accolade seem quite keen on driving games, don't they? Which is a bit of a shame, as they're nearly always crap. At least, on the Spectrum they are. On things like the PC they're a lot better, and that's where Test Drive first cropped up. The Spectrum conversion is a cut-down version and, predictably, it's rubbish. The graphics are hopeless, for a start. They're all sorts of horrible colours, and there are only about two different things to see. And they give no impression of speed' at all (but a superb impression of 'slowness'). You're supposed to be driving either a Porsche or a Ferrari, you see, but the graphics make it seem more like a Number 29 bus. The idea is that you're meant to be racing against another chap, who's controlled by the computer, and at the same time being chased by a police car. Er, what else is crap about it? Oh yes, the collision detection, it's useless! If another car so much as appears on the screen you crash into it. In other words, it's chronic. And with so many others to see, let's waste no more time on it.


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Drivin' along in my automobile (dum dee dum), sat right in front of my steering wheel.