Speed Buggy

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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 Title Screen
Speed Buggy Commodore 64 Get ready!
Speed Buggy Amiga Two-wheel driving
Speed Buggy Commodore 64 I am a car not a dog.

Alternate Titles

  • "Buggy Boy" -- UK title

User Reviews

A rush against time and... boulders Commodore 64 Mik_1_ (18)
A very good conversion from Elite, with all the mechanics that made the coin-op version great Amiga *Katakis* (37895)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jun, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1988 863 out of 1000 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 863 out of 1000 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1988 863 out of 1000 86
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jun, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Atari ST May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Amiga Jul, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1988 8 out of 10 80
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1988 77 out of 100 77
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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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)

Contributed to by Christian Klein (5974), Der.Archivar (673), Kabushi (139030) and Martin Smith (63054)