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Space Racer

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
...
3.2
ZX Spectrum
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4.5
DOS
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4.3
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Description

Space Racer is an action racing game with a sci-fi theme. The player controls a futuristic hoverbike, competing against computer-controlled vehicles of a similar kind. The races take place in outer space-themed environments, resembling surfaces of alien planets. The player should try to avoid collision with the other bikes to get to the finish line first; a more violent way of solving the same problem involves shooting at the opponents. The altitude of the hoverbike depends on its speed - the faster it goes, the farther away from the ground it is, and vice versa.

Screenshots

Space Racer ZX Spectrum Using the Sinclair Joystick, forward takes the player higher, down goes lower, the FIRE key accelerates and the space bar fires. Going higher also seems to mean going slower
Space Racer ZX Spectrum This screen displays as the game loads.
Just before the game is ready to play it turns into a monochrome black and yellow picture
Space Racer DOS GO
Space Racer ZX Spectrum If left alone for long enough the game goes into a demo mode which shows lots of riders happily competing together - not a shot being fired

User Reviews

A racing game with fabulous backdrops and a few nice touches Amiga *Katakis* (37818)

The Press Says

The One Atari ST Nov, 1988 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Dec, 1988 702 out of 1000 70
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1989 51 out of 100 51
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1988 4.5 out of 10 45

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Trivia

Space Racer's title music is pieced together from small sound snippets that are arranged on the fly to form a longer piece of music. It's very clever, and works well.
Contributed to by Trypticon (8166), Rola (7208), Donny K. (424), Martin Smith (63130) and Blood (1795)