(1986/7) AMAZING REALISM
AMAZING REALISM- the burms, bumps and ramps really work - seven different courses, each one harder. Two player option and fantastic ACTION REPLAY option with SLO-MO - all make this the best BMX game yet!
REVIEW by Nightcrawler
As the title suggests, this is a game about a simulated BMX bike race! You control a guy on a BMX bike from a top down birds eye view of the entire course. Your opponent in the race is either computer controlled or if you have one - a friend. The bikes are green or red and you have a time limit to complete a set number of laps. If you complete the course before the time is up, then you qualify for the next race.
There are seven courses in total and they progressively get harder with all number of ramps, bumps, burms and water to aid you or slow you down. (Burms are banked corners, they enable you to hit a turn at high speed and also more importantly allow you to carry that speed when you exit from the corner). The controls are fairly easy with the fire button pressed down for acceleration and released for brakes, followed by left and right stick movement used to turn the bike.
The single player option is by far the hardest as just completing the race in the given time is testing enough, without taking into account the indestructible computer controlled bike! Whether you collide with his bike or he hits you, it's always you who takes the dive! The computer bike will always follow the same path each race and crashes in the same place each time on certain levels. The only way of completing the later courses is if you let him go first and follow him, because if you race him then 10 times out of 10 you will either collide with his bike or hit the scenery.
The two player option in my opinion is what this game is all about. Less frustrating then the single player and more fun as rivalry kicks off and collisions are now fair. Also an added bonus is an action replay option, which must have been one of the first of its kind in computer games as far as I remember. So whether it's a close race or just totally messed up then you can see your glory or misery all over again.
The time limit still
occurs in two player and another bad point is the fact that once you fall off
your bike you get back up but are usually facing the wrong way. The high standard
of music and sound effects as well as reasonable graphics does help a great
deal, but with the sticking points that I mentioned before make this a "nearly
game" that just doesn't quite reach it's potential.
Remember to slow down around corners by releasing the Fire Button.
Avoid close contact with the Computer Opponent as you will always end up the victim of a collision.
Be careful when you get up from a crash as you will normally end up facing the wrong direction!
(BMX Tech Help, Buyer's Guide, How To's and Interviews)
(Website for the magazine, with Photo Gallery, Shop and BMX Maintenance Tips)
(Interview with David Whittaker from 1989)
(Interview with David Whittaker from October, 2001)