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Richard Hughes
Sport: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Ice screaming with Digital Integration.

Nick Phipps is not a name that springs immediately to mind when you're asked to think of a top class sportsman. He is however, currently rated as Britain's top Bobsleigh driver, and has endorsed this latest simulation from Digital Integration.

The player gets a driver's eye view of all the action on six World Championship tracks, and has to fight his way from amateur status to Olympic standard by sheer guts, skill and determination.

Simply learning the controls and winning the odd race is not enough in this game. The player has to compete and do consistently well enough to win the sponsorship money needed for the team's upkeep. Crashing a bobsleigh can be disastrous not only for your chances of a place in the winning top three but can hurt your wallet as well; repairs cost money but lost sponsorships can have you teetering on the brink of bankruptcy - and becoming bankrupt means you'll have to restart the game.

Before you start into serious competition, you can practice each run in whatever order you desire, which is helpful in familiarising the player with problem corners etc. You can then compete against other teams for just the one run which helps to give you an idea of how well you compare to them.

Getting to grips with the runs is, as you'd expect, tough. It takes a keen eye and sharp reactions to read the comers and find the path of least resistance which you need to follow if you're to achieve anything like the speeds needed to earn yourself a place on the leader board. Make sure you consult the weather reports before the start of a race; selecting the wrong runners for the bob' can lose you valuable seconds on a run.

Options to increase your team's fitness are included, and the idea is to waggle your joystick (or use the keys) as fast as possible; combined with having to waggle the joystick at the start of each race (simulates your team running with the bobsleigh to the start line) this can have you feeling physically tired at the end of a season.

Bobsleigh is a thrilling game with enough strategy involved to add another dimension to a highly competent and addictive simulation.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

C64/128, £9.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now
Spectrum, £9.95cs, Out Now
Ams, £9.95cs, £14.95dk, Dec 87

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 85/100
1 day: 88/100
1 week: 80/100
1 month: 70/100
1 year: 40/100

Thrilling and addictive on the Spectrum once your learn the controls; on the C64 the poor controls and weak graphics spoil the fun.


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Fast and furious, you get a real sense of speed on the Spectrum. All the action is well animated and controlling your bobsleigh properly takes a fair bit of practice. Sound is used well and adds to the impression that it's just you (and your team) versus the hard unyielding ice as you thunder down the run. Gripping, nail-biting stuff that is a thrill to play.


The menu options of the Commodore version are well designed and drawn and the music and other sound effects are superb. A shame then that the game itself is not so hot. You get no real feeling of control over the bobsleigh - it seems more a case of sit back and watch the action. All the options are there but it's just not so much fun on the C64 as it is on the Spectrum.

Visual Effects: 5/10

Audio: 6/10

IQ Factor: 6/10

Fun Factor: 5/10

Ace Rating: 567/1000

1 min: 55/100

1 hour: 60/100

1 day: 59/100

1 week: 35/100

1 month: 30/100

1 year: 20/100

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Safely past the finish line. Hit the brake before you plough into the straw at the end of the track.

Cold Shoulders - Thundering down the run, it takes a keen eye and nerves of steel to hold the bobsleigh on course.