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Written by  :  Martin Smith (70038)
Written on  :  Aug 31, 2004
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One of the most thrilling and exciting games of the day

The Good

The difficulty curve is built up quite nicely, with the initial landscapes featuring few trees, but the later ones being extremely tough to dodge through at any kind of speed. The controls are responsive, with joystick and keyboard options equally usable. The bike sprites look great, and the trees are simple but effective, and ensure that the game moves impeccably quickly and has little clash. The addition of tanks and planes to shoot at is a great idea - is it worth going for the large points bonus in the heat of the moment, knowing that you could fall adrift of the bikes and have to cut through a much tougher route to get into shooting range.

The Bad

There was occasionally a long pause between levels - sometimes up to 15 seconds. Then again, the fact that you're always eagerly awaiting the next one shows how much else is right with the game.

The Bottom Line

Not many people have played this early release, but those who have invariably regard it as a classic, with fast paced action and elegantly simple design. I'd strongly recommend getting it on emulator so you can see for yourself. 8 flickery colours, a 3.54Mhz processor, a few motorbikes, a gun and a few trees is all it takes to entertain.