Super Scramble Simulator
Copyright/Publisher: Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd/Magnetic Fields,
Programmed by: Shaun Southern, Graphics by: Andrew Morris,
Release Year: 1989, Genre: Motorcycle Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2

After programming Kik Start I and II, Shaun Southern mounts up for yet another motorbike game.

Fifteen courses are divided up into five sets. The three courses in each set must be completed (in any order) to go on to the next set. If you fail to complete a course inside the time limit then it's 'game over'.

Courses feature hills, water obstacles, logs, and VW Beetles! Besides accelerating/braking you can use one of three gears. If you stall the engine, fail over, or go off the course, you are penalized by crucial seconds being taken off your time limit.

STU
Kik Start 2 is one of the best budget games around. A full price version would obviously have to be exceptionally good to better its predecessor, and Super Scramble Simulator isn't.

Replacing the two-player option of Kik Start 2 and mediocre graphics and three gears which add nothing to playability, especially when the game plays a lot slower.

PHIL
This would have been a fair budget release, but it's definitely not worth the full price tag. The whole concept is dated and the side-view graphics are crude.

But most annoying is the way that the slightest error on your riding is mercilessly punished. This is worsened by the fact that you only get one 'life', and there's no option to practise the later courses.


INTRO SCREEN

PRESENTATION 42%
Brief, but effective instructions.
GRAPHICS 39%
Respectable main sprite, but minimal animation.
SOUND 35%
In-game sound is limited to engine noises.
HOOKABILITY 39%
Initially a touch frustrating.
LASTABILITY 36%
There are 15 courses, but will you want to keep playing?
OVERALL 38%
An overpriced follow-up to the much superior Kik Start II.


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