Buggy Boy

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Buggy Boy
Buggy Boy Cover.jpg
Cover art of Buggy Boy
Developer(s) Tatsumi
Publisher(s) Taito (international)
Platform(s) Arcade (original)
C64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST
Release 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 an arcade off-road racing 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 had a 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.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
CVG 33/40[1]
Crash 71%[2]
Sinclair User 8/10 stars[3]
Your Sinclair 7/10[4]
Zzap!64 97%[5]
MicroHobby (ES) 5/5 stars[6]
ACE 906[7]
The Games Machine 92[8]
Award
Publication Award
Zzap!64 Gold Medal

Zzap!64 awarded the Commodore 64 port of the game a gold medal and a 97% score, calling it "a cracking racing game that proves totally compulsive."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Zzap!64 100th Issue Pull-Out Special Page 5". Zzap64.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  6. ^ [4][dead link]
  7. ^ [5][dead link]
  8. ^ [6][dead link]
  9. ^ "Zzap!64". Zzap64.co.uk. December 1986. pp. 20–21. 

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