Put yourself and your driving skills against the clock and computer
controlled opponents to challenge for the Victor's Cup. Off-Road Racing is
a test of speed and survival. Customise your vehicle and prepare to race over
some of the worlds toughest terrain.
Four of the toughest, roughest courses
gives you the ultimate driving challenge the Georgian mud flat, the Michigan
Winter Wreck-off, the Death Valley Trek or the Baja Challenge. Snow, ice, mud
and desert all combine to make Off-Road Racing the most hazardous road game
yet. It makes the Grand Prix look like child's play.
(C) 1987 Epyx Inc. All rights reserved. Epyx Inc. is a registered trademark
ref. 1195270. 4 x 4 Off - Road Racing is a trademark of Epyx Inc.
Manufactured and distributed under license from Epyx Inc. by U.S. Gold
Limited, Units 2/3 Holford Way, Holford, Birmingham B6 7AX. Copyright
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4X4(TM) OFF ROAD RACING For Commodore 64/128, Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, IBM PC
Ready To Roll
Gear up and get ready. 'Cause this is rough and tumble, off-road racing at
You'll start by choosing from four torturous courses. Brave the rugged Baja.
Belt through the sweltering Death Valley. Go "bogging" in the mudflats of
Georgia. Or take on the treachery of Michigan in winter.
Once you've settled on a cause, you pick your rig. Choose between a big
American beast, a classic pick-up, a Japanese import or a British millitary
vehicle. Your choice might be determined by the terrain you're going to be
travelling through. But then again, it might not.
Once you get your new 4x4 out of the showroom, bring it over to AUTOPARTS
row. It's here that you'll make it all yours. Give it bigger and better
tyres. Build in more power. And equip it with all the extras you'll need
to get past the finish line.
Finally - when you're sure that it's all just perfect - you're ready to put
your 4x4 to the true test: The Race. But it won't be all that easy. There'll
be armies of obstacles along the way. Dodge 'em. Or use 'em to make your
rig airbourne. There'll be rivers to cross. Ice patches to manoeuvre. And
quick-sinking mud to worm your way out of. Plus there's the competition: the
other racers. And some of them are downright impolite - and that's putting it
So get it in gear and get your 4x4 on the off-road to victory.
Loading and Start Up
For Commodore 64/128 Disk
* Set up your Commodore Computer as shown in the owner's manual. NOTE: For
Commodore 128, set system to C64 mode.
* Turn on your computer and disk drive.
* Plug a joystick into port #2.
* Insert the disk and type LOAD "*",8,1 and press RETURN.
With the EPYX FASTLOAD(TM) cartridge
* Turn on the computer and disk drive.
* Insert disk into the disk drive, label side up.
* Press the C= (Commodore) key and the RUN/STOP key to load the program.
For the IBM PC and compatibles
* Set up your IBM PC or compatible as shown in the owner's manual.
* Plug your joystick in as shown in the owner's manual or refer to the
keyboard command card for keyboard controls.
* Insert your DOS disk into the disk drive (drive A on a two drive system),
and turn on your computer.
* When DOS is loaded, insert disk into the disk drive, label side up.
* Type the command 4x4 and press ENTER to load the program.
Commodore 64/128 Cassette
* Press SHIFT and RUN/STOP keys together.
* Press PLAY on your cassette recorder.
Spectrum 48/128K, +2, +3 Cassette:
* Type LOAD"" and press ENTER. Press PLAY on your cassette recorder.
Amstrad CPC Cassette
* Press CTRL and small ENTER keys together.
* Press PLAY on your cassette recorder.
Amstrad CPC DiskPick Your Own Torture Test
Once the loading sequence is complete, press the FIRE BUTTON to view the
SELECT TERRAIN and SELECT LEVEL screen. It is here that you determine just
where it is you plan to publish your customised super rig.
* Type RUN "DISK and press ENTER. The game will load and run automatically.
Choose between four types of treacherous terrain. To select one of the four
areas, move the joystick FORWARD or BACK to highlight the TERRAIN of your
choice. Then move the joystick RIGHT or LEFT to select your LEVEL.
1. BAJA - 1,000 miles of the roughest, toughest survival tests on earth. From
dry dusty desert and caked, crusty lake beds to boulder-strewn mountain
plateaus. Take it head on - if you can.
2. DEATH VALLEY - They don't call it Death Valley for nothing. This
treacherous desert terrain will rip your spirit as harshly as it rips
into your truck. So try to keep cool, no matter how hot things get.
3. GEORGIA - If you like mudbegging, you're going to go for this trip in a
big way. Mile after mile of some of the slimiest stuff the Eastern
Seaboard has to offer. So get out there and get in it.
4. MICHIGAN - Snow, ice, mud and winter madness. When it comes to finding
nature at her worst, this place has got it. Make sure you've got the
right tyres. (And make sure your heater works). Then punch it!
You can adjust your races for different levels of off-road prowess. Choose
your LEVEL by pressing the joystick UP and DOWN to highlight your choice.
When both your TERRAIN and your LEVEL have been selected, press the FIRE
There are the LEVELS you can choose from:Choosing Your Four Wheeler
There are four different types of basic trucks to choose from. They are:
1. BEGINNER - This is a good place to start. At this level, you don't
customise your truck. You go directly to the race. And your truck
automatically has very high endurance.
2. AMATEUR - As you build in initial confidence, move up to this gear.
3. SEMI-PRO - For a true 4x4 Torture Test.
4. PROFESSIONAL - You've gotta be crazy to try this one!
The Stormtrooper, from Cox Motors - This big American workhorse comes with
a built-on "cap". So you can save your money for some of those big American
Tarantula, made by Venerable Motors - A heavy metal American pick-up that's
built for action. Any kind of action.
The Highlander, by Tartan Lorrie - from Great Britain, this military-styled,
jeep-like vehicle was designed for the bleaker reaches of Her Majesty's
The Kantana, from Cyama Motors Corp - Don't be fooled by the sleek styling
of this peppy Japanese import. It's a tough as it is fun to drive.
Each truck is rated for these seven factors:
POWER - This is a combination of the truck's horsepower (how much it can
handle) and gear output (how fast it accelerates).
WEIGHT - The lighter you rig, the better your speed, MPG, and
manoeuvrability. A heavier truck burns more fuel - but it also takes more
GAS MILEAGE - This is your truck's estimated miles to the gallon (MPG). But
remember: if your truck is weighted down with too much equipment, you'll
burn petrol at a faster rate.
ENDURANCE - How much your truck can take before you have to take it in for
E.R.F. (Ease of Repair) - How long it takes to repair it.
PAYLOAD (VOLUME) WITHOUT CAP - How much your rig can carry without a camper
PAYLOAD (VOLUME) WITH CAP - How much your rig can carry with a camper back.
FUEL CAPACITY - How big your fuel tank is. Or, more importantly, how far you
can go before you run out of gas.
To choose your truck - To view your options, cycle through them by pressing
the joystick FORWARD and BACK. When you've reached a decision, press the
Outfitting Your Rig
Once you buy your basic truck, you're ready to equip and customise it. After
you press the FIRE BUTTON to purchase your selection, you'll be whisked
downtown to auto-parts row. It's here that you'll put those finishing touches
on your 4x4 rig. And it's here that you choose exactly what you want your
truck's speciality to be.
This is where careful strategy and planning play a part. The parts you
choose have something to do with where you're going to be racing. (You're
not as likely to overheat in a cooler climate. And be sure to keep an eye on
your weight and volume!) And a whole heck of alot to do with what you like.
There are two different stores you'll want to check out. To do this, move
your man up to the door or window of the store and press the FIRE BUTTON.
Here's what you'll find in each store:
The Custom Shop
This is where you buy the stuff that makes your truck totally unique. And
totally yours. You'll find:
A WINCH - It goes on the front of your rig. And when you have to pull
yourself out of a tricky situation - like a mud bog - it could save you
EXTRA CAPACITY FUEL TANK - A handy item. Because when your first tank runs
out of gas, you can just switch to this second tank. It'll save you valuable
time in a race. And can be a life-saver if you're not near civilisation when
your first tank runs dry.
A CAP - A camper that lets you increase your carrying capacity.
TYRES - Choose from standard, mudder and all-terrain tyres. Try to pick the
right course. And remember to make sure your spares match up.
To purchase any of the above custom items - Use your joystick to move the
'hand' on to the item and press the FIRE BUTTON.
To return any of the above custom items - Use the same procedure as you used
for purchasing them. NOTE: EXCEPT FOR TYRES. To return or change tyres,
simply point to the tyre of your choice and press the FIRE BUTTON.
To leave the CUSTOM SHOP - Use your joystick to place the 'hand' over the
'EXIT' sign and press the FIRE BUTTON.
The Auto Mart
Here's where you gear up on essential items you'll need for your trip. Plan
carefully, and keep an eye on your volume, weight and cash.
To buy these items - Use your joystick to place the 'hand' over the item you
wish to purchase, then press the FIRE BUTTON to buy it. NOTE: The text at the
buttom of the screen will tell you what the item is, how much it will cost,
and much weight and volume it will add to your rig.
Here are some of the items you'll be able to purchase:
WATER - Some places need it more than others.
OIL - If you get a leak, you're gonna need this.
COOLANT - Consider the weather and terrain you'll be racing in. You may need
coolant if your radiator gets smashed.
TRANSMISSION FLUID - You never know....
EXTRA BATTERY - Is it worth the added weight?
SPARE PARTS - Always handy.
SPARE TYRES - At least take one.
A MECHANIC - Heavy? Sure. But a real time saver when it comes to repairs.
A SIX-PACK - It's up to you.
A CAN OF GAS - It can't hurt to be prepared!
A MAP - It comes in handy when you want to see where you are in the race.
A FLASHLIGHT - saves time with under-bonnet repairs.
TOOLS - Just about a necessity.
To see what you've bought - Use your joystick to place the 'hand' over the
'MENU' box and press the FIRE BUTTON. Move the joystick UP or DOWN to cycle
through all the items. When you're done, press the FIRE BUTTON again.
To return an item - Use your joystick to place the 'hand' over the 'REFUND'
box and press the FIRE BUTTON. Move the joystick UP or DOWN to cycle through
all the items. When the item you wish to return is highlighted in red, move
the joystick RIGHT or LEFT to return the highlighted item. Then press the
FIRE BUTTON to reactivate the hand.
To leave THE AUTOMART - Use your joystick to place the 'hand' over the 'EXIT'
sign and press the FIRE BUTTON. This will take you back outside the shop.
The Race Is On
Once you've customised your rig and purchased your equipment, you're ready
for the big race.
To start the race - move your 'man' (using the joystick) over to the far
right of the screen. Then press the FIRE BUTTON. You will now be instructed
to flip the disk over. Do so and press the FIRE BUTTON when prompted.
(Follow screen prompts - cassette).
Go For It
The day you've been working and waiting for is finally here: the day of the
race. It's the day you test your truck, your talents and your instincts
against nature herself - and against the other 4x4s in your class. When the
man at the start of the race waves the green flag, put the pedal to the
To start the engine - press the FIRE BUTTON.
To steer right and left - move joystick RIGHT or LEFT.
To accelerate - press the FIRE BUTTON.
To slow down gradually - pull joystick BACK.
To slam on brakes - Push joystick FORWARD.
Warning: Crashing early in the race makes it difficult to catch up to the
As soon as you start logging on the miles across the countryside, keep an eye
on the dashboard. It can give you lots of valuable information.
The Dashboard Here's what you'll find:
Reading the condition of your engine parts
Damage done to an engine part varies. It all depends on what exactly you did
to it. And, of course, what shape the part was already in when the damage was
Your dashboard controls give clues to the degree of damage a part has
suffered by colour. Here's how it works:
GREEN - low damage
On trips like this, it's almost impossible to avoid some kind of damage or
mishap. When the damage is major, a special DAMAGE SCREEN will show you where
the damage is and what's needed to repair it.
BLUE - medium damage
YELLOW - severe damage
The DAMAGE SCREEN will also give you clues as to how bad the damage really
is. Because if time is starting to get tight, (near the end of a race) you
may only want to repair whatever is absolutely necessary. Here's how to tell
how bad the damage is:
QUESTION MARK - a general breakdown
LIGHTNING BOLT - an electrical problem
THE PART IS SHOWN - some damage
THE PART IS FLASHING SLOWLY - medium damage
THE PART IS FLASHING RAPIDLY - severe damage
To make a repair with the right parts - using the joystick, point to the
damaged area and press the FIRE BUTTON. The parts you need will appear in the
lower row of boxes. The parts you have will appear in the upper row of
boxes. To complete the repair, point to the necessary parts you have and
press the FIRE BUTTON. If the gas icon appears, move the 'hand' over it and
press the FIRE BUTTON to top off your tank.
To make a repair without the right parts - Point to the sledgehammer and
press the FIRE BUTTON. NOTE: This type of 'make-do' repair will get you back
on the road. But with reduced endurance.
To make a repair at CHECKPOINT - Throughout the course you'll encounter
several CHECKPOINTS. The CHECKPOINTS are marked with orange pylons. When you
get to a CHECKPOINT, you will automatically pull in for repairs. All parts
and labour are FREE! You just have to decide if you can spare the time for
repairs! To fill your gas tank before you head out again, place the 'hand'
over the gas can icon and press the FIRE BUTTON.
To get back on the road - After your truck has been repaired, point to the
crossed flags and press the FIRE BUTTON.
During the repair procedure, you'll be told how many other vehicles have
passed you. And before you get back to the road, you'll be told how long
your repairs took. NOTE: Certain items you may have purchased - like hiring
a mechanic or carrying a flashlight - will help reduce repair time.
To get back on the road again without repairs - If you decide you can
continue the race without repairs, press the FIRE BUTTON.
If you overestimate the prowess of your 4x4 - or underestimate the dangers of
the terrain - you may find yourself immobilised. Or, in other words: STUCK.
Here are two ways to get yourself out of such a mess.
1. To use your winch hold down the FIRE BUTTON. This will pull you out at
about 5 miles an hour.
2. 'Rock' your way out. If your rig isn't rigged with a winch, you're going
to have to 'rock' yourself out. It's not as fast as using a winch - but
it does work. To 'rock', press the gas pedal (FIRE BUTTON) repeatedly,
over and over again until you dislodge your rig. How long should it take?
It all depends... On how thick the bag is. And on how fast you were going
when you hit it. NOTE: 'Rocking' may cause damage to your 4x4 - but it
may be your only option.
The Other Guys
Along the way, you may notice other trucks passing you. If you want to win,
you've got to catch up and pass them as soon as you can. (There are up to 16
opponents on each course).
The DoombuggyRight Place At The Right Time
In a race as long as this one, it's often difficult to gauge how well you're
doing. Your goal is to finish the race FIRST. So, you'll want to pass all
your opponents and leave them in the dust!
This is the most deadly obstacle in the whole race. He's not just another
contender. No way. This guy is out for blood. You'll recognise his menacing
looking back rig right away. And when he tries to ram and bump your truck
off the road, you'll know for sure that its him. But try not to let him have
a chance. Stay as far away from him as possible - no matter what it takes to
To get an idea of when to be where for a shot at the victor's trophy, keep
an eye on the dashboard clock. The race starts at 8.00 in the morning. In
general, if you reach the first CHECKPOINT by 11.30 a.m., you are making good
time. If you haven't reached it by 1.00 p.m. you should increase your speed.
If you reach the second CHECKPOINT by 2.30 p.m. you are making good time.
However, your main goal should be reaching the CHECKPOINTS ahead of your
opponents. If your opponents are having trouble on the track you may be able
to afford more time for repairs!
The Party's Over
You begin the game with '3 lives' per race, which means you can total youself
twice and still bounce back from where you were last seen. But the race is
1. You lose your third rig - You'll be given a choice between starting the
race over with the same rig, or you can go back to the beginning and build
up a different one from scratch.
2. You cross the finish line - Your position in the race will be calculated
based on the number of trucks you passed. A score screen will appear,
showing your placement and race time. Excellent race times will allow
you to enter your name on the Hall of Fame screen (available on Amateur,
Semi-Pro and Professional levels only). To qualify for King of the Road,
you must race on all four terrains in a level, and finish with the best
Hot Tips for Beating 'em Cold
Remember to pace yourself. The faster you go, the more fuel you'll burn.
And it's a long, long way to the finish line.
* You know those irksome obstacles you're always trying to avoid? Well, they
do come in handy sometimes. Use them to jump over rivers and mud bogs.
* Big boulders do big damage to even the heaviest metal. So avoid them at
* CHECKPOINTS are great - if you can afford the time. So don't make repairs
unless it's absolutely necessary.
4x4 Off Road Racing and Fastload are trademarks of Epyx, Inc.
(C) 1988 Epyx, Inc. All rights reserved.
EPYX is a registered trademark ref 1185270.
Manufactured and distributed under license from EPYX Inc by U.S. Gold
Limited, Units 2/3 Holford Way, Holford, Birmingham B6 7AX