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Elite Systems Ltd
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Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Roger: Stuck up past its hub-caps in blatant advertising for Dunlop tyres, including permanent on-screen logo and an opening 'choice' screen featuring four different types of competition rubber from the aforesaid corporate enterprise, this lump of software claims to transport us through the experience of driving an upmarket hairdresser's motor car through various rally sections in less-than-glorious 2D scrolling action. (If, as Elite's packaging blurb boldly states, the Porsche 911 is the "world's leading sports car" then I'm Sir Clive Sinclair. This is fortunately untrue, although we seem to share similar intelligence and cash flow problems...)

Players also get a chance to 'buy' other go-faster goodies besides tyres, before attacking their first stage. There is, we quickly discover, no pretension to driving simulation. The game is nothing but a simplistic 'dodge-the-random-object' slice of kiddie-level arcadia.

Maybe I'd have been better off on Pirellis... 2/5 MISS

Ross: Many moons ago, I typed in my first program into the 3.5K of the VIC 20 and ended up guiding a spaceship through a scrolling asteroid belt. 911 TS is very similar, only this time you control a Porsche. Nuff said. 2/5 MISS

Dave: Elite seems to have caught on to Ultimate's trick of bringing out two games using the same techniques. Try imagining Grand National with Porsches instead of horses and you're halfway there. Pretty boring. 1/5 HIT