Sinclair User

Super Scramble Simulator

Author: Chris Jenkins
Publisher: Kixx
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K/+2

Published in Sinclair User #111

Super Scramble Simulator

There aren't that many motorbike scrambling simulations on the market, so I suppose Super Scramble will appeal to anyone interested in the sport. But is it good enough to fascinate people who think that motorbikes are Raleigh 10 speeds with something as fast as a ferret peddling and can't tell their forks from their mudflaps?

Well, I suppose so it's rather too difficult to control to get into very quickly; joystick up to turn left, down for right, left for brake, right for accelerate; with fire button depressed, up to change up a gear, down to change down, left to lift rear wheel, right to do a wheelie. It takes ages to master the control system, much longer than it takes to work out how to manoeuvre through the obstacles such as ramps, drops, carelessly abandoned cars and bits of timber.

The course is viewed from the side in the main part of the screen, and from the top in a window in the middle of the the screen. The bottom window shows speed, rev counters, gear indicator and timer, and message window informs you when you hove managed to stall the bike, run out of time or whatever.

Super Scramble Simulator

If you get it into your mind that SSS is not a race, but a slow-paced exercise in manoevreing and gear-changing, you might enjoy this realistic slm. But if you're expecting high speed thrills, look elsewhere.

Label: Kixx Memory: 48K/128K Price: £2.99 Tape Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

Overall Summary

Thought-provoking rather than heart-pounding sim, offering all the skill without the mud, guts and spills of the real thing.

Chris Jenkins

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