Turbo Kart Racer
By Players
Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Crash #85

Turbo Kart Racer

'Take part in one of the most exciting motor sports known to man!' boasts the inlay. 'Accurate realism!' it yells. Well, what a load of hogwash! Kart racing may be an exciting motor sport in real life but certainly not on the Spectrum.

The game consists of tracks packed full of light corners and chicanes all drawn in a reasonable way. The cars that zoom around them are all clash free except one, you. As your car is red, whenever you go near the edge of the track or slide off onto the grass you get a large red splodge instead of a kart! It's not as if this were a rare occurrence: the way the kart skids each time you attempt to turn a comer ensures you spend more time off than on the race track, especially if you were using the nitro at the time.

Picking up the icons left lying on each track are helpful if you make it to the next stage of the race: clocks for extra time, spanners to repair damage and bottles to give you extra nitro power. The slightest touch of another kart and you both explode into tiny pieces. Turbo Kart Racer is a game that I definitely won't be playing again in a hurry.

Nick Roberts

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