Buggy Boy (Encore)
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Original Publisher - Elite
Year of release: 1987
Price at release - Cassette - £9.95 Disk - £14.95
Buggy Boy is Elite's coin-op conversion of Taito's 1985 arcade racing game. The player has a choice of 5 courses over which to race their off-road buggy - Offroad, North, East, South and West. Each of these courses has 5 sections which all end in a checkpoint. You must reach each checkpoint before your timer runs out in order to continue and your reward will be to have time added in which to complete the next section.
You control your buggy from a third person perspective and have to avoid obstacles such as boulders, logs, walls and trees. Hitting most of these brings your buggy to a halt, losing valuable time whilst it is also possible to fall into water which will result in a delay whilst your buggy is reset onto the track. Hitting a log will result in the buggy jumping in the air which allows some obstacles to be avoided.
As you travel around the courses, there are flags and gates to drive through. Some gates offer points whilst others offer a boost to your timer. At the top right of the screen is a sequence of the 5 colour of flags available to collect. As you collect the relevant colour, you light up the a flag in the sequence until you have collected all 5 colours. Once you collect the 5th flag in the sequence, you are awarded a bonus and all of the flags flash for a brief period and the sequence resets. Collecting a flag whilst it is flashing lights a flag in the sequence regardless of colour, allowing you to get a head start in collecting the next bonus.
Each of the courses is themed with the North course being wintery, the south course being sandy, the east course has pyramids in the distance and the west course having mountains in the background. The off road course is the only course that is a circuit which needs completing five times as opposed to the other courses which have 5 distinct stages. The off road course is considered the easiest as the repeating track can be memorised and it has fewer obstacles.
Dave and Bob Thomas were also responsible for the original Ultimate Play the Game titles for the Commodore 64, Staff of Karnath, Entombed, Blackwyche, Outlaws and Dragonskulle.
Zzap!64 Issue 32 - December 1987 : Overall 97% (Gold Medal Award) - "A cracking racing games that proves totally compulsive"
The Games Machine - December 1987 : Overall 92% - "Elite have done an absolutely excellent job with Buggy Boy"
Commodore User - December 1987 : Overall 8/10 - "If you're a fan, it's a must. If your not, it's a must.
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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH26584. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
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