Buggy Boy

Author: Nick Roberts
Publisher: Encore
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K/+2

Published in Crash #74

Buggy Boy

Buggy Boy is a classic arcade machine. I always remember the first time I ever played it. It was on a five screen hydraulic machine and it blew my mind! The Spectrum version isn't as good as that but comes pretty close. The 128K game is, of course, the best because it doesn't use the annoying multi-load the 48K game needs.

The object is to complete each of the courses (North, South, East, West and Off Road) in the time limit. To do this you must dodge rocks and gates, collect flags and extra time, cross rivers and go bouncing through the air over logs. You're guaranteed a bumpy ride from start to finish. You can also collect special bonuses by collecting the flags in the right order and hitting the footballs that have been placed around the courses.

The graphics in Buggy Boy all look brilliant from a distance, but as you get closer and closer to things like rocks they expand to give a feeling of 3-D - and get really chunky and just look daft. The 128K game has the catchy jingles that attracted people to the arcade machine and plenty of sound effects, the 48K game is just a bit less impressive with the odd beep! Those of you who loved the arcade machine will love this version. It may not have all the speed and slickness of the original but it makes a good substitute and saves on the cash.

Nick Roberts

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