Saturday, October 29, 2016

Enduro Racer


Enduro Racer is obviously based upon the coin-op and is a no-frills arcade biker by Activision from all the way back in 1987. Interestingly, it was programmed by Ian Morrison who developed one of my favourite driving/shooters, Road Blasters. You compete in five races against other bikers on tracks that contain lots of silly hazards which should have been removed by the race organisers. Cornering, I found rather tight along with the ever-decreasing time limit so don't dawdle because each race is against an aggressive clock that dictates you should learn each course!

The first is quite easy but soon picks up the pace as you hit the heat of the desert to become quite the challenge. Controls are first a little odd, pushing up accelerates but it's the fire button that applies the breaks because pulling back will instead perform a wheelie which is needed for the ramps and help prevent speed loss. However, if you forget then your biker protests by doing a handlebar handstand - it's crazy but very cool.

The music is fab-uuuu-lous!! In fact, it's playing right now. Dave Whittaker certainly knows his bleeps from his blips. The graphics are a little sparse but this is an early game so I can imagine leaving out unnecessary details frees lots of CPU cycles for a faster framerate? Thankfully, this works because the race is always fast and smooth.

Enduro Racer might be a little long in the tooth and showing a little middle-aged spread but I think it's worth an hour of your day. I prefer cars but this is a great biker and crammed full of cool jumps at every tight turn. Great game.

LINKS

 - 8BitChip have a download for those with an UltraSatan / hard drive.
 - Those stuck with floppy disks will need to download via Old Games Finder.
 - The menu system gives away the cheat... So start a new game and type in the word "cheat".
          -> press key T for an extra 10 seconds (press it again!)
          -> press key S to zip along.
          -> press key F to advance to the checkpoint.