Professional BMX Simulator
Copyright/Publisher: Codemasters Plus, Music By: Matt Gray,
Release Year: 1988, Genre: Cycle Sports, Number Of Players: 1 to 4
Following on from the acclaimed BMX Simulator is the first of the Code Masters' Plus
range. It offers the player the choice of two skill levels - Normal and Expert -
set over three different styles of course: Dirtbiking, Quarry Racing and
From the title screen, the player has the option to start the present courses
or load new ones from a separate cassette. Pressing the space bar cycles through
any combination of human/computer opponents, allowing up to four participants
(two joystick, two keyboard).
The action is displayed from overhead, an information panel below showing the
riders' names, times and laps completed. Races take the form of increasingly
hazardous combinations of bumps, burms, and ramps set against a decreasing time limit.
The Expert version accommodates definable tyre and chainwheel sizes, a tougher time
limit and rider collision detection. At the end of any race an action replay
can be accessed, with a slow motion option.
The presentation of this mid-price game is excellent: a wide array of options,
definable controls, a neat winning sequence, replay and slow motion features.
It's compelling to play, particularly with more than one human opponent, because
of the well graded difficulty levels and competitive element.
The graphics are sharply detailed with varied backdrops supporting neat 3D,
and the mujsic is appropritely sharp and bouncy. Its faults are those shared
with its predecessor: an awkward control method, becoming 'stuck' in the
landscape, and one mistake costing you the race.
If you've got the original, you mway find the differences too small for the
asking price; if not, then it's well worth a look.
Pro BMX Sim can claim to have the same high quality backdrops as its predecessor,
and s similar level of playability.
Unfortunately, it has also kept some of the
more irratating traits of the earlier game; the one that stands out particularly
is that cyclists are always so mixed up after a crash that they turn their bikes
in the wrong direction and frequently steer themselves straight back into an
At least you can get away with driving through your opponents this time.
In spite of these frustration, the package of advanced game and extra tracks represents
good value for money - especially to any sets of Commodore-owning quadruplets.