Buggy Boy (Encore)

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.

Reviews

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.


Platform : Commodore 64
Format : Cassette
Publisher : Encore
Author(s) : Dave & Bob Thomas
Date : Unknown

Other Software by Encore:

Item Manufacturer Platform Format Date
Space Harrier (Encore) Encore Amstrad CPC464 Cassette Unknown
Ghosts n Goblins (Encore) Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette Unknown
A Question of Sport Encore Encore Commodore 64 Cassette Unknown
Commando Encore Acorn Electron Cassette Unknown
1942 Encore Amstrad CPC464 Cassette Unknown
Commando Encore BBC Micro Cassette Unknown
Passing Shot Encore Amstrad CPC464 Cassette Unknown
Frank Bruno's Boxing encore Commodore 64 Cassette Unknown
Airwolf 2 Encore/Elite Amstrad CPC464 cassette Unknown
Overlander Encore Commodore 64 Cassette Unknown
Buggy Boy (Encore) Encore Commodore 64 Cassette Unknown
Paper Boy Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette Unknown
Airwolf (Encore) Encore Amstrad CPC 464 Cassette 1984
Frank Bruno's Boxing Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette 1985
Grand National Elite Systems (Re-release by encore) ZX Spectrum Cassette 1985
Saboteur Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1986
Scooby-Doo Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette 1986
Scooby Doo Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1986
Paperboy Encore Amstrad CPC464 Cassette 1986
Bombjack Encore Amstrad CPC464 Cassette 1986
BombJack II Encore Sinclair Spectrum Cassette 1986
Paperboy Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1986
Saboteur II Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1986
Airwolf Encore BBC Micro Cassette 1986
Escape from Singe's Castle (Encore Re-release) Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette 1987
Thundercats (Encore) Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1987
Batty Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1987
3DC Encore Amstrad CPC464 Cassette 1987
3DC Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette 1987
Airwolf 2 (Encore) Hit-Pak (re-release by Encore) ZX Spectrum Cassette 1987
Saboteur Encore/Elite Amstrad CPC464 cassette 1988
Live & Let Die Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette 1988
Frank Bruno's Boxing Encore/Elite Commodore C16 / Commodore Plus 4 Cassette 1988
Frank Bruno's World Championship Boxing Encore/Elite Commodore C16 / Commodore Plus 4 Cassette 1988
Combat Lynx Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1988
Commando Encore Amstrad CPC Cassette 1988
Buggy Boy (Encore) Elite Systems (Re-release by encore) ZX Spectrum Cassette 1988
Bombjack (Encore) Encore Amstrad CPC464 Cassette 1988
Overlander (Encore) Encore/Elite Amstrad CPC464 cassette 1988
Spitfire Encore Commodore 64 Cassette 1989
A Question of Sport Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette 1989
Spitfire Encore/Elite Amstrad CPC464 cassette 1989
Critical Mass Encore ZX Spectrum Cassette 1990

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