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Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Off Road Racing
By Virgin Games
Amiga 500

Published in Amiga Power #12

Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Off Road Racing

Roundy-roundy Super Sprint-type games have a real problem, I find - they almost invariably fail to work for long as anything other than a two player game, and even then have a very limited appeal. There are plenty of reasons for this, of course - the way the small, toy-like graphics fail to drag you into emotional involvement, the fact that each level is essentially the same as the last - but the most important thing is the very one-dimensional nature of the constantly looping gameplay. Multi-player games mean you can bash into human opponents to your heart's content, but even then there's too little variation.

That said though, the game we're dealing with here is the undisputed king of Super Sprint-style games, and as such is worth a place in anybody's heart. It features little Tonka-type trucks zooming at commendable speed around a series of off-road courses, the realistic truck movement painstakingly mapped by arch-perfectionists Graftgold. Though there are only eight tracks, it's fairly tough - only the very best players will ever see the end of the game.

If you like Scalextric sets you'll like this, basically - what was very limited, if well executed, fare at £25 becomes ideal budget material at under a tenner, and certainly makes Codemasters pretenders (let alone Indy Heat) look fairly sad. Perhaps not quite a must-buy for everyone, but certainly one of the most attractive budget re-releases of the month.

The Bottom Line

As good as Super Sprint racers get - not for everyone, but if you like the game style, this is the one to get.

Matt Bielby

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