Copyright/Publisher: Alternative Software, Developed By: Bizarre Developments,
Programming By: M.J. Lister, Graphics By: Edvaard de Medbestid,
Release Year: 1990, Genre: Horse Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Hooray, a day out at the Kentucky Derby! Well, not quite. If you've ever been to a
funfair you'll have seen the stall where people sit down and frantically throw balls
into holes to move their plastic horses along, the race winner getting a prize. Well
Kentucky Racing is a simulation of this 'sport'.
One or two players compete along with one/two computer opponents in nine classic
races including the Kentucky Derby - but really only two types of race: flat and hurdles.
A disembodied had appears below each player's 'table of holes', an aiming cursor automatically
moves left and right: you press and hold down fire to stop it and select power.
ball goes in a hole it moves your horse a bit further along. The more distant holes move
your horse a greater distance while only certain holes will make your horse jump over a
fence. In easy mode the holes are easier to hit and you only need to finish second to
avoid losing a credit.
While the real thing is frantic fun, Kentucky Racing wasn't really a good idea. The
aiming system is very crude, requiring more luck than skill, and three horse-races
hardly offer much depth of challenge.
The only minor amusement comes from the strange shaking movement of the hand before
it throws out a ball - a gesture indicative of this lame game's quality.