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DescriptionThis racing game is set in the Ramsay Street universe of the Australian soap opera, which was hugely popular in the UK at the time. Nominally you play Scott Robinson, riding his skateboard in races against between one and four fellow characters – Mike Young on another skateboard, Charlene Ramsay in a go-kart, her brother Henry on a lawnmower, and Matt Robinson on a motorcycle. The eight races take in Ramsay Street, the Lassiter’s Complex, Erinsborough High School, and Anson’s Corner. There are three boards available (two on the Spectrum), trading top speed off against manoeuvrability.
Gameplay involves guiding your craft through a series of gates around a forced-perspective course. There are three levels of hazard presence available – hazards include kangaroos, emus and other (stereotypically Australian) animals, Bouncer the dog, grotty old Mrs. Mangel, and traffic bollards. Contact with any of these costs you time, and popularity (reflected by a Neighbours logo fading out along the bottom of the screen – collecting litter will restore this).
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|Your Sinclair||ZX Spectrum||Jan, 1992||81 out of 100||81|
|Commodore Format||Commodore 64||Sep, 1993||80|
|Commodore Format||Commodore 64||Feb, 1992||72 out of 100||72|
|Sinclair User||ZX Spectrum||Mar, 1992||62 out of 100||62|
|Commodore Force||Commodore 64||Oct, 1993||60 out of 100||60|
|Crash!||ZX Spectrum||Jan, 1992||42 out of 100||42|
|Zzap!||Commodore 64||Feb, 1992||31 out of 100||31|
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TriviaThe game's characters are played by enduring pop star Kylie Minogue, Guy ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pearce, Jason Donovan and Craig McLachlan (both big pop stars in the UK for a short while), and Ashley Paske. All had actually left the show by the time the game was released – Neighbours is noted for a fast character turnaround, especially with the younger characters.
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