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BMX Simulator (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

This is an overhead-viewed racing game similar in style to Super Sprint. There are 7 courses of increasing difficulty, incorporating ramps and bumps which significantly affect the bike's handling. Each course has a time limit you must complete 3 laps of the course within, or it's game over. The further inside the time limit you are, the more points you score.

There's a computer opponent, but the scoring isn't affected by whether you beat him just so long as you qualify. There is a two-player mode. A unique feature at the time is the action replay, which can be viewed in slow motion.

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BMX Simulator ZX Spectrum Little time and so hard
BMX Simulator ZX Spectrum Fast ride through water
BMX Simulator ZX Spectrum A lot of crazy curves
BMX Simulator ZX Spectrum Ready on the start

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Trivia

Freeware release

To celebrate the 18th birthday of Codemasters, they released this game for free on September 18th 2004 as this was Codemasters' first ever published game.

Re-release

The magazine quote mentioned on the Ad Blurb proved correct, a fact pointed out when the game appeared on one of Codemasters' Quattro compilations. The quote was repeated, along with a note - "It did!"

Sales

The game sold over 100,000 copies in its first year in the UK, a huge amount at the time. The budget price (£1.99) helped, as did great reviews and the popularity of BMX bikes among computer owners.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
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Martin Smith (63162) added BMX Simulator (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 30, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (119753), Martin Smith (63162) and Servo (55897)