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US Gold Ltd
1987
Arcade: Action
£8.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Richard Monieiro
Chris Bourne

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Skate City is where the action takes place in this skateboard simulation, based on the coin-op of the same name. You and your board must go places, do things and generally accumulate points - and what do points make? Prizes? Correct, but don't expect an all-expenses-paid-trip-to-Disneyland. The only prize you'll get is a ticket to the skate park where you can strut your stuff and... collect more points.

Before rolling in to Skate City you must decide upon your skill level. Whether you opt for trainee or old hack there's still plenty to avoid. So remember, be careful out there.

The city - an American city (where else would you see body builders, unicyclists and break-dancers on the same street?) - consists of four parks, four shops, streets and inhabitants. The idea is that you roam the streets collecting points and money. Points are gained by jumping, spinning and pulling wheelies - the more exotic your trick, the richer your reward. Hidden locations also clock up welcome points. Certain freebies, such as dollar bills, add to the bank balance.

At the start of the game you have three tickets, which give you access to the parks. Enter a park and you lose a ticket, but get the chance of performing (see box) and gaining a medal - Gold, Silver or Bronze. Do well and you get a decent medal, and plenty of points And as the points arrive so do the tickets (trouble is you need a lot of points to get one ticket)

Money enables you to buy protective equipment from the shops: helmets, shoes, pads skateboards. You may wonder why you need this gear, well, remember you're on American turf. If you look good and have the goods then you're bound to perform well.

You may get the impression that there is little to 720. In fact, there are plenty of obstacles to hinder you. If you hang around too long you are attacked - inexplicably - by swarms of killer bees; cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians can take the wheels from under you; slurry pits aren't too healthy either; and if you get cocky you'll plunge from your board anyway. After visiting each of the parks in turn you move to the next level. Things get hard quickly. It's not long before you're stuck in the early-morning rush hour and the bees think you're the tastiest thing since Adam's apple.

Reviewer: Richard Monieiro

RELEASE BOX
C64/128, £9.99cs, £11.99dk, Dec 87
Spectrum, £8.99cs, Out Now
Ams, £9.99cs, £11.99dk, Dec 87

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 65/100
1 hour: 78/100
1 day: 70/100
1 week: 65/100
1 month: 30/100
1 year: 25/100

Fun - and it's certainly safer than the real thing - but it isn't demanding enough to really last the distance.

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SPECTRUM VERSION

While skateboarding can be a lot fun once you've got the hang of the controls. 720's graphics slightly take the polish off the game - they're a little on the indistinct side. The 'killer bees' in particular swarm so closely that they might just as well be called a killer blob. The sound, too, is nothing to write home about.

PARK PERFORMER

Downhill - stick to the slope and you're okay.

The easiest of the bunch.

Jump - can be tricky if you don't remember when and where to jump.

Ramp - simple, just keep moving. When you get to the top change direction. Jumping can prove dangerous.

Slalom - sharp directional changes are needed to keep you going through the flags.

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That's you, performing aerial aerobatics on your board.

Don't look now, but the killer bees are behind. If you hang around too long they'll mutate.

Ticketometer.

Gear collected.