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The ITA Express is under the control of the vicious Redmen, and cannot be allowed to continue its momentum. This is where you come in as a Security Guard, as you start on top of the final carriage of the train and must walk across it, jumping over the gaps, to reach the front. Redmen must be kicked into oblivion with a precise contact before they can throw you off the train; they will also throw knives, which must be ducked.

You can turn the tables thanks to the Snakebird, which will pick you up if you jump into it, and allow you to drop on top of a Redman. You have a limited amount of time to reach the front, indicated by the ground moving backwards as the train moves forwards. In the second part of the game you are inside the train, trying to survive long enough for the whole thing to begin again with increased difficulty.


Stop the Express MSX Search for a key.
Stop the Express ZX Spectrum On the train
Stop the Express MSX Avoid the Red Men and the fired bullets, the birds and the electric wires.
Stop the Express ZX Spectrum Game success.

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Alternate Titles

  • "暴走特急SOS" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Pánico en el express" -- Spanish title
  • "Bousou Tokkyuu Sos" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Eurogamer.net (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1984 80 out of 100 80
Pixel ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 66 out of 100 66


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Developer cameo

The "ITA" of the "ITA express" that must be stopped comes from the surname of the game's developer, Fumihiko Itagaki.
Contributed to by Infernos (37984), Martin Smith (79909) and koffiepad (10503)
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