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US Gold Ltd
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

Kixx, £2.99
Spectrum, Amstrad. C64

This Atari coin-op really turned heads when it showed up in the arcades in the Summer Of '87. It looked like the trendiest thing you ever saw with its skate boarding hero clad in multi coloured Bermudas, quiffed hair cut, and loud surf-punk music pumping out of the cabinet. US Gold were straight in for the home rights and it turned up at Christmas of the same year.

Unfortunately, the gameplay never really lived up to its splendid graphics and basic game idea. This was not USG's fault. They made a good job of most of the 8-bit conversions (C64 was the best, Spectrum and Amstrad just competent).

The aim is to successfully negotiate the four skateparks - winning points and prizes. Skating between challenges can be hazardous as the Buicks, bikers, and body builders that also inhabit the streets are not at all keen on skate boarders. A must for skate board stylists.