* Wierd but wonderful split screen racing game
* 21 tortuous tracks, one or two player option
Ever fancied racing across the mystic pathways of space through unknown galaxies,
boldly blazing a trail where no other trail has been blazed before? Well now's
Trailblazer is a three dimensional, one or two player, split screen race game in
which you must travel as far as you can along a straight spacial pathway. The
pathway is split into twenty one different sections, each must be completed within
a given time limit. If the clock runs down before you get to the finishing post,
the game terminates.
However, if you manage to pass the post in time, extra time is added to your
total allowing you to tackle the next section of the track. There are no other
objects on the course to worry about (only the other racer if two players are
playing), it's just you versus the clock.
The racing tracks are made up of many metal slabs, although not all the slabs
are of the same metallic composition. Each metal is a different colour and has a
different effect on the racing craft (see panel for details).
The Trailblazer race craft have been specially designed for space path racing
and look rather like footballs. They stick to the surface of the path as they zoom
down it, but can move left or right with a push of the joystick. Pushing forward
or pulling back on the joystick makes the craft accelerate or decelerate, and
pressing the fire button makes it jump a short distance.
there are two main racing options presented on the title screen: Course Practice
gvies one or two players the chance to race over any three of the path sections.
You are given an unlimited supply of jumps and with 99 seconds to complete each
Arcade Trailblazer can be played either on your own or against another player. However,
you are only given 30 seconds to complete each course and a limited supply of
jumps, so when you run out, that's it - you can't jump!
BROWN - slabs make up the bulk of the track. Going over them has no effect on your craft.
BLUE - slabs make the craft bounce.
GREEN - slabs instantly increase your craft to maximum velocity.
WHITE - slabs increases your velocity to 'warp' speed, although the action is
cancelled if you touch a black, purple or red square.
CYAN - slabs reverse your controls and consequently cause a lot of hassle.
BLACK - slabs are really holes in the road which must be avoided at all costs. If
you fall into one, time is lost before your ball is thrown back onto the course.
PURPLE - slabs stop the ball in its tracks.
RED - slabs slow you down to minimum speed.
GREY - slabs announce the beginning or end of a race track.