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BMX Simulator

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 16, Plus/4
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3.4
Atari 8-bit
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Description

This is an overhead-viewed racing game similar in style to Super Sprint. There are 7 courses of increasing difficulty, incorporating ramps and bumps which significantly affect the bike's handling. Each course has a time limit you must complete 3 laps of the course within, or it's game over. The further inside the time limit you are, the more points you score.

There's a computer opponent, but the scoring isn't affected by whether you beat him just so long as you qualify. There is a two-player mode. A unique feature at the time is the action replay, which can be viewed in slow motion.

Screenshots

BMX Simulator ZX Spectrum Fast ride through water
BMX Simulator MSX Loading screen
BMX Simulator Atari ST The results are in
BMX Simulator Amiga score

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User Reviews

Good Solid BMX Racing Amstrad CPC Sic Coyote (15)

The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST May, 1988 810 out of 1000 81
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1988 810 out of 1000 81
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1988 76 out of 100 76
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1988 760 out of 1000 76
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 71 out of 100 71
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Nov, 1986 14 out of 20 70
Commodore User Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 7.8 out of 12 65
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1993 60 out of 100 60
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 54 out of 100 54

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Trivia

Freeware release

To celebrate the 18th birthday of Codemasters, they released this game for free on September 18th 2004 as this was Codemasters' first ever published game.

Re-release

The magazine quote mentioned on the Ad Blurb proved correct, a fact pointed out when the game appeared on one of Codemasters' Quattro compilations. The quote was repeated, along with a note - "It did!"

Sales

The game sold over 100,000 copies in its first year in the UK, a huge amount at the time. The budget price (£1.99) helped, as did great reviews and the popularity of BMX bikes among computer owners.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
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