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Domark Ltd
1989
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£9.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
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Steve Keen
Chris Bourne

It's the celebrated roaring return of that classic arcade race game, Hard Drivin' to the Speccy. But with so many other racing budgets will it make the pole position?

Fast 3-D has hardly ever been implemented so well as in this Grand Prix style racing sim. Nigel Mansell, step out of your flame proof undies there's a new kid in town!

The course consists of to tracks, Stunt and Speed. Both are pretty well self explanatory really, but the stunting mayhem needs some elaboration. There are three main stunts, The Bridge, Loop The Loop and The Bank. The course is litter with speed signs which you have to adhere to like super-glue if you want to stay on the track and going too fast on approach to the obstacles is guaranteed to either send you into orbit or ruin a perfectly good jump suit!

Every race has the same aim: to reach across the time check points in the alloted period and qualify to race against the Phantom Photon (Boo Hiss!). Great graphics and growling sound effects make this game take pole position!

Label: Hit Squad
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99 Tape
Reviewer: Steve Keen

GARTH: I've never been a fan of Hard Drivin' as I find that the simulation of actual race driving is too accurate. The gameplay is very tricky for the uninitiated. Not a game for the youngsters.

Great 3-D that updates almost as quick as a blink of the eye. The driving system takes practice, but should be well within most people's reach quite quickly.

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