Action Biker (Mastertronic) Review | Commodore User - Everygamegoing

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Action Biker
By Mastertronic
Commodore 64

Published in Commodore User #23

Action Biker

I'm not sure what KP Skips Clumsy Colin has got to do with this latest game from Mastertronic, but it didn't stop me from playing, and enjoying it.

The KP Skips (love the Prawn Cocktail ones) symbol comes up on screen when the game is loading and also appears on the front of the inlay card. I suppose the theory is that if you like the snacks you will like the game.

Anyway, back to the game - which is a whole lot of fun, and the best Mastertronic cheapie I've played yet.

It's a 3D scrolling game, a la Ant Attack, only much faster and better. It is no easy task manoeuvring your bike and coping with its gears, speeds and the sharp bends. Stray too far off the road, and you will run into a fence, wall or building.

Certain items are dotted around the town and these can make your race a little easier. The crash helmet is a good precaution. Particularly if you find the turbo charger that puts a little extra zing into your acceleration.

At the end of the game (if you have successfully explored the town) you will find yourself in a drag race. This is the supreme test of your riding skills. As you ride, you will need to keep an eye on the information panel below the scrolling view of the town. This tells you how much fuel you've got left. When you are running low, find a petrol station, pull up beside the tanks, and you will automatically be refuelled. The panel also tells you how you are scoring. Bonus points are awarded for speed.

All in all, this is a very reasonable buy at £1.99. We tend to urge caution where cheap software is concerned but in this case you can reach for your hard-earned with confidence.