Superbike
Copyright/Publisher By: Free Spirit Software, Programmed By: Scott Elder,
Genre: Motorcycle Sports, Release Year: 1987, Number Of Players: 1

INSTRUCTIONS

From the creator of last month's KING'S RANSOM comes SUPERBIKE, an arcade-style, smash-'em-up, fast- paced game with four tough courses for you to race on your dirt-bike.

Of course each four-course event is unique -- and the key to winning each race is becoming familiar with each course, knowing where sharp turns and traps are. But you've got to have enough NERVE to burn the rubber. Remember, this IS a race.

There are four different events, each with four courses. The events are: MOTO-CROSS, ENDURO, SUPER-CROSS and TRIALS. MOTO-CROSS is the first and easiest event. TRIALS is the most difficult.

In this game you're constantly moving foward. Use a joystick in port 2 to veer left or right to avoid obstacles. The fire button will pour on the speed. Pulling back the joystick will cause you to ride a "wheelie", which increases your speed and jumping ability.

C O M M A N D S U M M A R Y

JOY LEFT - move left
JOY RIGHT - move right
JOY BACK - wheelie
JOY FORWARD - end wheelie
FIRE BUTTON - accelerate

JUMPING is ONLY accomplished by driving over the blue ramps located here and there on the course.

SPACE pauses the game.
FIRE restarts the game.
RESTORE resets the game.

O B S T A C L E S

Basically, every other object on the course, including other bikes, can cause you to crash, so you must avoid them. In some places thick bushes grow in the road. You must move around these bushes or jump over them using a ramp. Remember that you jump farther when you pull back on the joystick and wheelie up the ramp. Also remember that you must already be riding a wheelie if you want to clear a great distance on a ramp. Sometimes you'll want to jump far, sometimes not.

R A M P S

Ramps are blue. If you drive over them, you will become airborne. You won't fall -- unless you land on an obstacle. If you're riding a wheelie, you'll jump much farther, sometimes clearing an obstacle that was too wide to ride around anyway.

B U M P S

Watch out for BUMPS. You have to either avoid them or ride SLOWLY over them. These bumps look like brown ribs in the road.

ROCKS, TREES AND TIRES IN THE ROAD

These must be avoided. Either you must ride around them or jump over them -- IF there's a ramp in front of them.

LOGS AND WATER HOLES IN THE ROAD

LOGS and WATER HOLES must be ridden over slowly AND on a WHEELIE. That's the only way through them -- unless you can jump them from a blue ramp.

H I N T S

You have to play the game enough to learn the pitfalls. You'll only be allowed so many crashes so you'll have to be careful to avoid them. You must place at least fifth in order to advance to the next course. If you keep crashing, you won't finish the course and you won't place at all.

This game is more fun than it appears at first. Give it fifteen minutes and you'll be mouthing curses and pressing the RESTORE key for "one more game".

For reasons too numerous to mention, SUPERBIKE doesn't return to LOADSTAR. You must reset your computer and reboot "star".


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