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Spidersoft [2]
1990
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Steve Keen
Chris Bourne

There are good cars, there are bad cars, and there are super cars! There are good games, there are bad games, and there are super games! But is Super Cars a Super Game? (Confusing eh?)

To cut a long story short, in super Cars you play a budding racing driver (or at least his car). The game consists of nine stomach-turning races against three other opponents all out there to win the championships for themselves. They will stop at nothing to knock you into the sides of the track, smash up your rear bumper and generally make a mess of you and your car. Starting off with a pretty basic set of wheels, as you win more races and gain more money you can eventually afford to splash out on a few 'optional extras' or even upgrade to a more deluxe model motor at the local sales office.

Super Cars allows you to attempt any of the nine race tracks in any order your heart desires, although they do get progressively harder, with more obstacles like mud, water and oil spillages standing in your way. The graphics are very basic - the only colour being the grass verges. However, the car sprites are crispy clear, tracks are very well designed and controls are very sensitive and simple.

Races are viewed from above, each one consisting of five laps of the track, with plenty of twists, turns and tunnels. You have to be one of the first three past the finishing line to be allowed to continue to another race, which isn't so hard seeing there are only four contestants racing. What is hard though is trying not to skid so much that your tyres burst and crash so much that your car explodes!

Super Cars is very addictive - you just have to complete that final lap, and if you don't, you'll be trying and trying until you do. Although this is a simple looking game, there's plenty in it to keep you coming back for more.

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

GARTH: Personally, I prefer the 3D type of driving sims - they feel more realistic and are better to control. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The graphics might be simple and the sound might be annoying and repetitive but there's enough action in this little beauty for it to come highly recommended.

Super Cars is one of the best birds-eye view car racers I've played. It's fast, it's fun and it's certainly super!

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The floating hand casually felt her left bosom.

A-racing we will go!