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Ocean Software Ltd
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Chris Jenkins
Chris Bourne

Based on the action sports TV series, Run The Gauntlet is a surprisingly good multi-sports sim in which one or two players can take part in challenges consisting of three events, selected randomly from a list of six.

The water-borne events, which feature speedboats, hovercraft, jet skis, and inflatables, take place on a multi-directional scrolling screen. A map shows you the coarse you must steer, and then it's up to you to avoid obstacles and outrace the other boats. The action is very fast, but I found it annoying that while you go into an uncontrollable spin when you hit an obstacle, the same doesn't seem to apply to your competitors.

The same applies to the land events, which take place on flip-screen mud courses, and which feature various types of buggy, amphibian and quadbike.

The last section of a challenge takes place on the assault course, where you have to develop the right joystick-waggling motion to wade through the mud, climb nets and so on.

Without question, this multi-sports sim packs a lot of quality in with the quantity.

Reviewer: Chris Jenkins

Without question this multi-sports sim packs a lot of quality in with the quantity.