Full Throttle (1984 video game)

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This article is about the racing video game. For the LucasArts adventure game, see Full Throttle (1995 video game). For other uses, see Full Throttle.
Full Throttle
Full Throttle ZX Spectrum Inlay.jpg
Developer(s) Mervyn J. Estcourt
Publisher(s) Micromega
Platform(s) Sinclair Spectrum and MSX
Release 1984
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single-player

Full Throttle is a video game released in 1984 for the ZX Spectrum and MSX. The player races a 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle on any of ten of the world's top racing circuits.

Gameplay[edit]

After selecting a track to race on, the player starts at the back of the grid, with 39 other bikes. Cornering too quickly will cause a skid, while running off the road slow the bike down, and making contact with another rider forces the bike to a halt, allowing the following riders to stream past the player as the bike gets going again. There are ten circuits in the game, and part of the key to winning is to know the circuit well enough to predict the bends. There is a practice mode, in which the player rides round the track without any other riders, or the player can choose a race of between one and five laps.[citation needed] The best position achieved is shown at the bottom of the menu-screen, along with the player's time ahead of the second-place man. As soon as the track or number of laps is changed, this record is reset.[1][2][3][4][5]

Development[edit]

The game was written by Mervyn Estcourt, creator of 3D Deathchase.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
CVG 8/10[3]
Crash 91% (CRASH Smash)[2]
Sinclair User 8/10[4]
Your Spectrum 4/5 (Hit)[5]

Reviews were positive, with CRASH giving it 91% (a CRASH Smash),[2] Your Spectrum rating it at 4/5,[5] and both Computer and Video Games and Sinclair User rating it at 8/10.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full Throttle Inlay, Micromega 
  2. ^ a b c "Full Throttle Review", CRASH, August 1984 
  3. ^ a b c "Full Throttle Review", Computer and Video Games, September 1984 
  4. ^ a b c Bourne, Chris (October 1984), "Full Throttle Review", Sinclair User 
  5. ^ a b c Smith, Ron; Lester, David (November 1984), "Full Throttle Review", Your Spectrum 

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