I have really mixed feelings about this game. I have both the Amiga and Spectrum versions of this game and although it may seem wrong to compare and contrast the two, I am left with little choice.
Firstly I think it was a brave attempt to try and produce on the Speccy a game to rival the 16-bit machines graphically and to the programmers credit I think graphically the game is very nice indeed. Yes its monochrome but I can live with that to a point. And I do admire them for putting in the full two player mode as well, allowing players to race each other rather than just the computer.
Okay now for the negatives. Firstly the colours. Whilst I agree that they should be monochrome to help against colour clash the shade of green chosen doesnt look nice at all. Worse because the roads and the surrounding areas are all the same colour it is difficult to tell at times what is road and what isn't. I would ahve had one colour for the road and another for the side of the road to make the screen more understandable.
This brings me to my second problem, the screen size. Simply put its too narrow. It makes it next to impossible to judge corners and the colour doesnt help with this either. Sometimes the car goes over a hill and you have no idea what its doing until you are halfway round a bend. Incredibly frustrating. It doesnt help that the car is really far too big in relation to the screen. I would have either dropped the two player mode to widen the screen or scaled down the size of the graphics to make the road easier to see.
But then comes the big let down, the speed. Its very slow, and with all the other problems it just kills the game for me. The 2 player mode is even worse.
A brave attempt but for me a failed attempt. I would have made the road a different colour to the sides of the road, widened the screen and made the car smaller in the screen and if all else failed, lose the 2 player mode to give the game more speed and a bigger screen.