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Speed Buggy

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Amiga
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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 Amiga Title screen
Speed Buggy Amstrad CPC I hit a wall.
Speed Buggy Commodore 64 Title screen (US version)
Speed Buggy Amiga Enter your initials in high score table

Alternate Titles

  • "Buggy Boy" -- UK title

User Reviews

A rush against time and... boulders Commodore 64 Mik_1_ (18)

The Press Says

Zzap! Amiga Oct, 1988 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 8.5 out of 10 85
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1988 10 out of 12 83
Retro Spirit Games Commodore 64 Jul 24, 2013 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1988 8 out of 10 80
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Jun 14, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Retrogaming History ZX Spectrum Jun 25, 2008 5 out of 10 50

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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.
Contributed to by Christian Klein (5743), Der.Archivar (673), Kabushi (116307) and Martin Smith (63198)