Buggy Boy

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Buggy Boy
Buggy Boy
Cover art of Buggy Boy
Developer(s) Tatsumi
Publisher(s) Taito (international)
Platform(s) Arcade; Commodore 64; ZX Spectrum; Amstrad CPC; Amiga; Atari ST
Release date(s) 1985
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Upright and cockpit
Screenshot of Buggy Boy Junior

Buggy Boy, also known as Speed Buggy, is a driving style arcade game developed by Tatsumi in 1985. The object of the game is to drive around one of five courses (Offroad, North, East, South or West) in the shortest time possible. Each course has five legs, each filled with obstacles such as boulders and brick walls. Points are awarded for driving through gates and collecting flags. Offroad is a closed-circuit course that takes five laps to complete while North, South, East, and West are each a strict point A to point B style course.

The player could also hit logs and tree stumps in order to jump the buggy over obstacles, gaining extra points while airborne. Extra points are also rewarded for driving the buggy on two wheels.

The original, cockpit version of the arcade cabinet was well known for its panoramic three-screen display, a feature previously employed in TX-1. An upright, single-screen cabinet was released in 1986 under the name, 'Buggy Boy Junior'.

Both versions of the game are supported by the MAME emulator.

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Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 33/40[4]
Crash 71%[2]
Sinclair User 8/10 stars[3]
Your Sinclair 7/10[1]
Zzap!64 97%[8]
Micro Hobby 5/5 stars[5]
ACE 906[6]
The Games Machine 92[7]
Awards
Publication Award
Zzap!64 Gold Medal

The Commodore 64 port of the game was warmly received by the video game press[9] and it became one of the most popular racing games for that platform.

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