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Elite's Buggy Boy is an Atari STunner. And that, to be perfectly honest, took me a little by surprise.
[Budget re-release] Although there aren't any opposing vehicles, there's still plenty to do in Buggy Boy. Dodging obstacles and negotiating curves is enough to fill the stages, often more than enough, then there are flags and point gates to divert you from your path. Interaction with obstacles is useful, logs to make the buggy jump, a tree stump or stone to make it run on two side wheels - useful to get through narrow gaps in walls/barriers - and there's the infamous football to hit for bonus points. In short, the best budge tracer available.
When Buggy Boy first appeared it offered something new and exciting - this is not the case nowadays, however. It's still a good game but it's not great any more.
The buggy is a deceptively agile vehicle, nipping through gaps between obstacles with remarkable ease. The game is let down in places by average graphic effects - the explosion when a tunnel wall is hit and the weak attempt at mud spurting from the rear wheels of the buggy. However, much is made up for with its superb playability.
Wow, da hat Elite ja mal wieder einen echten Hammer gelandet! Leser, die über ein überdurchschnittlich entwickeltes Gedächtnis verfügen, werden sich vielleicht noch erinnern, daß wir damals getesteten C-64-Fassung gute Noten für das Fahrfeeling gaben. Dies ist aber nichts gegen das, was den Rennfreak mit Buggy Boy jetzt auf dem Atari ST und Amiga erwartet!
Despite its rather basic graphics and humble sound, Buggy Boy does have those two most important ingredients - playability and the "one-more-go" factor. I thoroughly enjoyed the game despite becoming quite frustrated when just failed to complete a leg. Make sure, however, you have a comfortable joystick, because that constant movement certainly cramped my hand. Overall, Buggy Boy is a rare species, a fun-to-play but well-implemented race game. It may not be too awe-inspiring but it certainly deserves a place in my software collection.
A conversion from the Sega Coin-op of the same name, Buggy Boy is a 'view your car from behind' 3D racer. The graphics, as in the original coin-op, are huge, but the scrolling and animation are still beautifully smooth. A great game. Why couldn't Turbo Outrun or Chase HQ haven been this good?
ST-Buggy-Boy ist ein sehr empfehlenswertes Programm, das auf dem Atari ST augenblicklich konkurrenzlos dasteht.