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Pole Position
By Atarisoft
Spectrum 48K

 
Published in Home Computing Weekly #124

At long last, the official version of Pole Postion has appeared for the Spectrum, and "was it worth the wait?" I hear you all ask. Well, yes it probably was. I have a few minor criticisms of the game, but I still think that it's about the best racing game yet produced for the Spectrum.

The controls are simple, just left/right, brake and change gear. However, staying on the track and not crashing into everything in sight is a little trickier. The graphics are very good the movement of the track and landscape are very clear and smooth, better than on any of the game's competitors, and there are virtually no attribute problems.

The graphics for the other cars on the track though, are a bit blobbly and move fairly jerkily, and, when you crash, there is a definite pause before the explosion effect appears on screen. It would also be nice if there were more than just two gears (Lo/Hi), as this would make the driving a little more challenging. p> Apart from those flaws the game is enjoyably addictive. The pace is sufficiently frantic to keep you interested for a while this is not a game that will be mastered in 10 minutes just getting past the qualifying round took me ages. Possibly, at £7.95 it is a little expensive bearing in mind how old the arcade game is, but if you're a fan of the game then it's an awful lot cheaper than pouring coins into a slot.

C.J.

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