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1988
Arcade: Action
£7.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
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Bob Wade
Chris Bourne

Gremlin get their skates on.

Street cred raises its spiky-haired head once more. Forget BMX and skateboarding - rollerskates are back.

The game is split into two sections: a car park challenge and a championship course. In the car park you must travel round a course of gates, jumps and obstacles, performing stunts on the way. The championship is a right-to-left scrolling course where you have to jump over and duck under obstacles, trying to reach the end.

In the car park four judges mark you on speed, complexity and variety of moves - jumps, knocking tin cans over, collecting bonuses and skating backwards. You have to complete the course as fast as possible, still doing lots of tricks on the way. Crashes, skidding and repeating stunts too often can actually lose you points.

On the scrolling championship course you have to skate along (by waggling on the 64) jumping or ducking under obstacles. Along the way you can collect objects that are worth bonus points. Four different courses contain many hazards to knock you down, and some will cause you to instantly lose a life if you don't negotiate them correctly.

You'll really need to practice to get anywhere in the car park section. The championship courses are easier, but still very difficult to complete. It's addictive in its own way. but annoying too because it's so tough.

Reviewer: Bob Wade

RELEASE BOX
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
Spec, £7.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 70/100
1 hour: 50/100
1 day: 70/100
1 week: 65/100
1 month: 30/100
1 year: 0/100

Practice is needed to overcome the frustratingly difficult elements, but these make the 64 version a challenge for longer.

6/10
3/10
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7/10
600/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

More friendly but still tough. There's no annoying waggling on the championship course, and the manoeuvres are easier in the car park. The graphics and sound are sparse in both stages. However, there's some nice animation for the skating and jumping.

C64 VERSION

An extremely difficult and frustrating version, particularly in the car park, where getting a qualifying score is nigh impossible, except by means of a bonus section where you collect litter. The controls for this and the championship are very awkward too. The graphics and sound are average, but the gameplay difficulty has been set too high.

Graphics: /710

Audio: 7/10

IQ Factor: 2/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 612/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 72/100

1 hour: 50/100

1 day: 78/100

1 week: 70/100

1 month: 38/100

1 year: 10/100

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C64 - you're the cool dud with shades, peaked cap and eight wheels on his feet.