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The Race Against Time is a game based on Sport Aid '88, a global program of sport, music, and carnival, cultivating in the simultaneous 10km world-wide run that took place on September 11, 1988. Millions of people around the world joined the campaign to help children worldwide by fighting hunger, poverty, and disease.

Players take on the role of Omar Khalifa, the legendary Sudanese athlete who has decided to participate. Starting from the El Mowheli relief camp in Sudan, he has limited time to raise a flag and light a flame in each of the six continents. Khalifa's journey has him pass famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mt. Rushmore, the Sydney Opera House, the Colosseum, and the Eiffel Tower. There are multiple routes on each continent.

Khalifa can pick up objects to help him reach places, but only one object can be carried at a time. He can also get an hourglass which will give him more time. The run is over when Khalifa runs out of time or when he comes into contact with dangers he must face.


The Race Against Time Amstrad CPC The cup has been lit
The Race Against Time Commodore 64 The world map
The Race Against Time Commodore 64 Title
The Race Against Time ZX Spectrum Title screen.

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Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jul, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1988 6.6 out of 12 55
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1988 52 out of 100 52
Commodore User Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 5 out of 10 50
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Aug, 1988 46 out of 100 46


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The game's original cover art featured Jesse Owens, the African-American who won two Gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Unfortunately Codemasters had not cleared the image with his family, and they ultimately refused to grant the rights, leading the game to have to be recalled while a replacement design was produced.
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