US Gold Ltd
1988
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£8.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

79
Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

It's a bit American-looking, this one. And that means that you can't just hop into your vehicle and hit the road. Oh no. First you've got to walk your driver between two shops and buy all the bits and pieces you'll need along the way. These include fuel, maps, spare parts and any luxury extras that may tickle your fancy You get to choose the terrain you'll be racing across as well, and this ranges from deserts to icy places. If it is American (I'm not too sure), this would account for the terribleness of the graphics. The sprites are weedy-looking things, and the choice of colours is appalling. On the other hand they are extremely fast, and this gives the game the edge over quite a few others. You get great driving feeling, especially when you hit a bump in the road and go flying up into the air. The courses are nicely designed a well, and have novel obstacles such as sticky mud to get through.

4x4 is a bit too scruffy to get complete recommendation, but it's surprisingly good fun and has plenty going for at.

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Er, hardly the Speccy version of The Cannonball Run, isn't it, Spec-chums?