Rally Cross Sim
Copyright/Publisher: Codemasters, Created By: Gavin Raeburn & Bob Stevenson, Music By: Gavin Raeburn, Release Year: 1989, Genre: Racing Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2

It's the racing season once again for those daft gits who revel in plastering a range of beautiful cars with tons of wet mud. As the driver of such a vehicle it's your job to drive very fast around out-of-the-way roads and come first in the pack to win an obscene amount of cash.

Each stage consists of either two or three laps, with petrol pumps at regular intervals should you get caught short (of fuel!). There are five tracks in all, each track being multi-loaded in on completion of the previous one.

Any time left at the end of a course is carried over onto the next, more difficult, level, in between which you are given the opportunity to customise your vehicle with such additions as a turbo-charger, larger fuel tank and opponnet-dishevelling bumpers.

I quite enjoyed playing Rally Cross Sim, discounting the fact that it isn't a simulator at all, but an out-and-out arcade racing game. Graphics are well designed, with a 'rough and ready' look to them - not pretty, yet well suited to the product.

It's also quite effective in the way in which the car handles, with the player experiencing drifts to the side when taking corners at too high a velocity. With the addition of a simultaneous two-player option, Rally Cross Sim is an interesting little title which is priced just right for the pleasure it provides.