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Code Masters Ltd
Sport: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Go snow blind with Code Masters.

Shoulder your skis, grab an airline ticket and catch the next flight to Austria for Code Masters' latest game. Professional Ski Simulator follows firmly in the footsteps of Codemasters greats including Grand Prix and B.M.X. Simulator.

Pro. Ski Sim, is for one or two players and contains seven authentic slalom slopes. The player starts the game at the top of the slope and uses three keys (left-right and thrust) to guide his on screen sprite toward the bottom, taking care to weave in between all the gates on the way down. Each slope has its fair share of dips and flats and the player has to use the 'thrust' key to pump his poles and propel himself along the flat sections. Holding the thrust key down while the character descends a small steep section results in the character adopting a crouched position that increases his speed.

Each course has the player racing not only the clock - you get less time for each course - but also struggling to remain on the screen. You view the game through a large on-screen window that continually scrolls down, and should you hang around for too long your character disappears off the top.

If that happens then you have to refer to the radar strip to the right of the screen in order to navigate. This gives a very simple aerial view of the slope and only shows the gates and the players, not the surface features.

Initially, the gameplay is tough and takes a fair while to get used to. The screen design is colourful, (blue snow?) but it takes time before the player can confidently recognise the terrain features. If you can get to grips with the controls and learn the layout of the slopes you're in for a lot of fun.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

C64/128, £1.99cs, Dec 87
Spec, £1.99cs, Reviewed
Ams, £1.99cs, Reviewed

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 50/100
1 day: 70/100
1 week: 80/100
1 month: 60/100
1 year: 10/100

Blue all over.
Listen to that crispy snow.
Learn the slopes.
Addictive and thoroughly playable.

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Incredible but true - the snow in the Amstrad version is white, the players are in red and the game plays exactly the same (but slightly slower) than the Spectrum version. just as addictive and just as much fun.

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Safely at the bottom of the course. Now for the apres-ski...

Piste 2 (for piste read slope) on the Spectrum version: those jumps are tough to negotiate.