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Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Tony Worrall
Chris Bourne

Why do all computer game programmers think only kids ride BMX bikes? I have been known to pop the odd wheelie now and then, and I'm well past the sell-by date. I suppose BMX Adultz doesn't have the same ring about it.

Actually I'm surprised anyone buys BMX games if they are all as boring as this. BMX Kidz looks and feels like the conversion it is - in this case from the Commodore. That version was saved by an excellent sound track. Unfortunately, the Spectrum version can only afford a couple of beeps for FX once in a while.

The game is a race against the clock and is very much in the mould of Milk Race and Tour De Force in the way the action progresses. To complete a lot of the courses, points have to be earned by performing wheelies. Ramps are scattered across the course just for this purpose, but every time a wheelie is attempted your bike suffers a spoke loss. Luckily for you there are a few extra spokes waiting to be picked up, but grab 'em quick before the rest of the bikers nab them.

All that pedalling saps energy so collect the free coke to refresh tired limbs. Funny, coke always made me sick when I was bouncing on a bike!

BMX Kidz is below average even for Firebird Silver. Poor keyboard response coupled with gaudy, confusing graphics are not the ingredients of a classic computer game. This is really BMX junk, only fit for desperate BMX junkies. To put the skidz on BMX Kidz take my advice and leave it on the shelf.

Dire BMX racing game that left me feeling as blank as one of Lester Piggot's tax returns. Poor response, poor graphics and poor you if you buy it!