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If this 'simulator' is to be believed, powerboat racing is a chaotic race across a number of largely one-directional tracks with fjords and inlets forcing you down one of two lanes, and sections where a bridge needs to be cleared by hitting a ramp at the right speed beforehand (as you jump over these, you can land so as to skim off other boats). Your boat is fitted with bombs, which can be placed so as to force the other boats to run over them, gaining you points. Extra bombs and fuel litter the course, often close to the banks, which you must avoid contact with, for fear of crashing your boat. When this happens you are forced into the next one, which is, as if by magic, available at a convenient point just beforehand. A helicopter flies overhead, dropping bombs which you must avoid, and often obscuring your view. The other boats often crowd together attempting to force you into the wall.

As with all the Codemasters budget titles, realism goes out of the window, with an emphasis on simple instantaneous action.


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Pro Powerboat Simulator ZX Spectrum Near the fuel canister with enemy boat behind

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Alternate Titles

  • "Powerboat Simulator" -- Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC screen title

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Critic Reviews

Your Amiga Amiga Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Sep, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Oct, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Oct, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Zero Amiga Nov, 1990 55 out of 100 55


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