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Written by ST Graveyard

November 13, 2001

Comments

Racing against the clock, reaching as many checkpoints as you can, avoiding the obstacles on the road...Yes, I know, The idea behind buggy boy (or "Speed Buggy", as it is called over seas) is nothing original. It has been done a million times before. Yet, this game manages to stand on its own and can easily be called a classic! Being a popular hit in the arcades, it was later on (in 1986) converted to the home market by ELITE. Buggy Boy was one of the first racers I played on my ST as a little boy, and I have some very fond memories about it...


Graphics

This game is very colorful. Big, cartoon style sprites rush by as you race the different courses. Everything is nicely drawn. You see your buggy from the third perspective (as the pictures on this page already spoiled), giving you a nice overview on the whole of the scenery. Buggy Boy scores high marks in this section!


Sound

There isn't really much to hear. We get some short music clips when selecting one of the five courses. The in-game sounds consists of some engine noise, some bonus tunes...It's not much, but what's there isn't bad either!


Gameplay

Most of you might already be bored to death by reading all of this, but you actually have to play this game to know what I'm talking about. Buggy Boy is a big winner when it comes to gameplay! It's very easy to learn. The joystick is used for controlling the car and the fire button switches between low and high gear. And that's about it! Controls are pretty accurate. Though it is still very frustrating to drive past a bridge! The game actually manages to give you a feeling of speed, but this also has a downside ...


There aren't any opponents, the only thing you race against is the clock! Yet, while playing, buggy boy is a very relaxing game. There are 5 different tracks to choose from (Offroad, North, East, South and West). Offroad is more of a practicing track, to give you a taste of what is to come. Here you have to complete laps to finish the track. You have to complete the other tracks by driving past their different checkpoints!


While you're "cruisin'", it's your job to avoid the different obstacles and score as many points as you can. There are wooden posts, brick walls, lakes, rocks, tunnels...to watch out for. But the really fun thing is that these obstacles can sometimes help you. Take the pieces of wood for example, when driving straight over them, your buggy bounces sky high. This way, it's easy to jump past brick walls. Another cool touch is the possibility to drive upon slanted embankments.


To score extra bonus points, each course is filled with colored flags! When hitting them, you will be rewarded with the amount of points shown on each of these flags. When you manage to collect them in a certain order, you can win even more bonus points! It is also possible to gain extra time by hitting the time flags. They are mostly a bit harder to reach. Watch out for the footballs you might encounter, they are very valuable.


Conclusion

Buggy Boy is a lot of fun. It's very easy to play, making it even accessible for the little ones! Though it might seem a little dated and the concept might be worn out completely, it's all fantastically excecuted...Making it one classic you can't afford to miss!





Score
  • Graphics: 8
  • Sound: 7
  • Gameplay: 9
  • Overall: 8

Review Comments

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Son Shu Shi

March 21, 2021 by ST Graveyard

What an accomplishment this game is. Created with such a small team, the result is really amazing. The game oozes creative passion. While the gameplay is really well balanced, it is a tough cookie, very hard from time to time with its moments of sheer frustration. As of level 3, timing becomes key. You will need to practice and learn the levels to complete this game, there are so many bad guys on screen it sometimes gets a bit hard to take.

Blood Money

April 4, 2020 by Morcar

Graphically, it's also nice on the eyes with well-defined graphics and animation. You really get the feeling that the developers put some thought and love into the game. Remember what I said about the large levels? Well these are wonderful and are very different to each other, they also scroll fairly smooth in all four directions.

Cybernoid - The Fighting Machine

March 28, 2020 by Morcar

When you boot up the game you’re presented with a fantastic loading picture of your ship. It's detailed with bold colours and it tells you This is 16-bit, bitch. Then you get the wonderful rendition of the Cybernoid theme that's on all the 8-bit versions. It's not exact but the changes still make it noticeable to anyone who knows it.

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