Buffalo Bill's Rodeo Games
Copyright/Publisher: Tynesoft, Programmed By: Mick Hedley, Graphics By: Mick Owens,
Music By: David Whittaker, Release Year: 1989, Genre: Multi Events, Number Of Players: 1 to 4

Yeeha, it's one of them there multi-event sports simulations pardner! Six different tasks lie ahead of you, and it's over your duty as living legend, Bill Cody, to ensure that each one is tackled to your fullest abilities.

First off is Target Practice. You're given the chance to demonstrate your shooting prowess in a couple of ways: by knocking out the 'flip up' baddies (being careful not to shoot at the innocent bystanders), followed by a round where a cowpoke hurls empty bourbon bottles into the air, just for you to shoot.

On to Knife Throwing. This highly dangerous sports entails hurling shapr knives at a revolving wheel. What's so dangerous about that? Ask the poor lass who's strapped to the wheel! Your score in this round depends on the distance from the girl which the knife lands - just make sure it's not TOO close!

Strap on your spurs and get ready for the ride of your life in Bronco Riding. As the horse does its darnedest to dethrone you, you must push the joystick in the direction indicated by arrows which appear on-screen.

In Stagecoach Rescue a renegade injun has captured a stagecoach and is terrorising the passengers. It's your duty to saddle your horsey and gallup uo to the side of the stage, avoiding the suitcases which the indian throws at you, Jump onto the coach, climb to the top and take on Hiawotha in a fist-fight to beat them all!

Then it's back to the show for a spot of Calf Roping. Again on horseback, it's lasso time as you attempt to slip the rope over the head of the fleeing heifer.

The day's entertainment is wound up with arguably the most dangerous of the six events - Steer Wrestling. Catch the seething bull and wrestle it to the floor by waggling the joystick.

As a fan of the Epyx games I view most other sports game with a certain amount of scepticism. Rodeo Games is sufficiently different from the norm and enjoyable to play even though some of the simpler events aren't worth the lond loading time on tape.

The graphic qualirt is never below good but the sound effects are at times misplaced. I'm surprised there isn't a sense of humour about the game as most of the Epyx games benefited enormously from this. Despite this there's a good deal of playability to be found within Rodeo.

Tynesoft have had a go once before at an 'alternative' multi-event game with Circus Games, which wasn't up to much. Thankfully, Buffalo Bill's Rodeo Games is a great improvement.

None of the events featured would hack it as stand-alone games, but brought together in one package they add up to value all round. Each sub-game is playable, requiring a fair amount of practice to win through, and thankfully Tynesoft have included a 'Retry' feature so you can do just that!

This is a good 'un, across both formats


Unhelpful instructions but the multiload isn't too much of a pain.
Generally effective all round.
A veritable host of tunes and effects.
Multi-load may put people off slightly...
...but once into the action it's hard to put down.
All the fun of the great Wild West on one well presented package. Rootin' tootin' yeeha-ing stuff!