Speed Buggy

Critic Score User Score
Atari ST
85
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Commodore 64
85
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J2ME
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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 Arcade Go though the gate.
Speed Buggy ZX Spectrum Crashed into a boulder
Speed Buggy Amstrad CPC I hit a wall.
Speed Buggy Arcade Crashed.

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* (37875)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Amiga Oct, 1988 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Aug, 1990 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1988 863 out of 1000 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 863 out of 1000 86
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Aug, 1988 833 out of 1000 83
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jun, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Tilt Amstrad CPC Mar, 1990 15 out of 20 75
64'er Commodore 64 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)

Contributed to by Christian Klein (5775), Der.Archivar (673), Kabushi (134547) and Martin Smith (63069)