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Buggy Boy

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Released: 1988

Genre: Racing

Format reviewed: Amiga 500

Publisher: Elite

Developer: Tatsumi

Submitted by: Paul Driscoll

From the moment you hear that catchy intro music play when you choose one of the five tracks
(Off-road, North, East, South, West) you know you are in for something special.

Buggy Boy is a home
conversion of a forgotten arcade game by Tatsumi (although released by Taito). It also known as speed buggy in the arcades and the games premise is simple… You must race your buggy around evermore difficult race tracks against the clock. There are no other vehicles to worry about but enough obstacles to negotiate to make your ride tough. It is however two main elements which really rises Buggy Boy above similar games.

Firstly it’s the scoring mechanism as you race around you can pick up flags worth points or ride under banners for mega points or much needed extra time. Additionally if you collect the flags in a certain order of colours you are given a bonus where all the flags are worth more points.

Secondly its all the love and ideas poured into it. Whether it is the
sublime track design or the jumps and slanted rocks that brings you on two wheels, to point scoring footballs that when hit are sent flying into the distance everything just leaves you with a big smile on your face.