Speed Buggy (Commodore 64)

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Description

Buggy Boy is a race game, but not just an ordinary race game. There are five different routes, offroad, north, east, west, south. The offroad course loops around back to the start, the others are long runs with a distinct beginning and ending. You must complete each leg before the time runs out.

Along the way you can pick up all kinds of bonuses. The colored flags are 30 points each, collect all colors in the order as indicated at the top of the screen to get 1000 bonus points. There are several gates the give you 100, 250 or 500 points, and a time gate. Drive through a time gate to collect it, you receive two seconds extra time upon completing a leg. Occasionally there will be a soccer ball on the road, hit it and it will fly away and you get 2000 points.

There are bridges and tunnels, be careful not to fall off the bridge into the water or crash into the tunnel wall. There also are obstacles like boulders, logs and fences. If you hit them it will cost you valuable seconds off your leg time. But if you hit a log or small stone just right, the buggy will ride on two wheels until you hit something again.

Screenshots

Speed Buggy Commodore 64 Heck, thats wall on the right side!
Speed Buggy Commodore 64 Title Screen
Speed Buggy Commodore 64 The Waterfields
Speed Buggy Commodore 64 Title screen (US version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Buggy Boy" -- UK title

User Reviews

A rush against time and... boulders Mik_1_ (18) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Dec, 1987 97 out of 100 97
The Games Machine (UK) Dec, 1987 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 863 out of 1000 86
GamesCollection Jan 05, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Play Dec, 1987 8.5 out of 10 85
Retro Spirit Games Jul 24, 2013 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Commodore User Dec, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Retrogaming History Jun 14, 2008 7 out of 10 70
64'er Feb, 1988 10 out of 15 67

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Buggy Boy appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

ZX Spectrum version

In the ZX Spectrum version, hitting an obstacle, like for example a boulder, will cause your buggy to explode. In all other versions, including the arcade original, hitting an obstacle will just make the buggy roll over.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #78 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #94 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)

Der.Archivar (673) added Speed Buggy (Commodore 64) on Sep 25, 2003
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