It's trials time and you take the role of an ace rough-
track rider. Competing against real or computer-driven
opponents on a series of tricky and dangerous courses,
can you constantly achieve the best time and walk away
with the prize money?
The action takes place in the mountains – on the
roughest, meanest slopes imaginable, and features courses
made up of hazards that will test the brains, courage and
biking knowledge of the most experienced trials rider.
You are the best in your league – can you keep that
Steer your machine around treacherous obstacles
including pools of water, abandoned vehicles, slippery
poles and strategically placed jumps, but take care –
just as in real life, damage to your bike affects its
performance. Repairs cost money... when you've won a
contest, the last thing you want to do is spend the prize
money on is a new set of shock absorbers!
The stages of the knockout contest are raced on a
downhill mountain slope, littered with potential hazards.
To proceed to the next stage, the course has to be
completed within the time limit. That in itself is a
challenge, but you also need to earn enough points to
qualify – in the knockout league, the rider who comes
last in each race is automatically disqualified...
Judge your approach to the hazards correctly, and
collect points for negotiating them successfully. Each
hazard needs to be tackled in the right way if success is
to be yours. Slippery poles, for instance, need to be
approached carefully, with the bike well-balanced; jumps,
on the other hand need to be taken at the right speed id
the landing is to be safe. Make a mistake and you are
thrown off your bike; vital time is wasted as you recover
and remount, and the bike gets damaged in a fall.
Falls and crashes affect your machine's handling. As
the race progresses, the bike's condition is displayed
on-screen: it starts out as a bright, shiny machine but
in the hands of an incompetent rider it can soon end up
as a battered, incomplete heap of scrap. Damage is
progressive – as you sustain more and more knocks,
beginning with scratches and dents, the mechanical
condition deteriorates until parts start to fall off.
A countdown clock shows the time remaining in which
the current course has to be completed – take too long
and disqualification is the result. A fast time earns a
bonus – the surplus time is multiplied up by a factor
that depends on the level of the game, and the total is
added to your score.
Prize money is awarded at the end of each round and
winnings are added to your cash reserves on screen.
Before the next round starts you can upgrade your machine
with repairs and spare parts – so long as you have the
money. Select the item or service you require from the
repair screen and the cost is deducted automatically from
your bank balance. The part is fitted or the repairs
effected immediately and the performance of your bike
improves instantly. If the bike is really battered and
you have a lot of money in the bank, you can always buy a
brand new machine... Remember you can only buy what you
can afford: the garage doesn't give credit in this game!
Get used to the controls by practising with the
clock option off.
Note that as it's a downhill race, there's no
backtracking: you only get one attempt to each hazard on
the way down the hill. If you're too cautious with the
throttle you'll never complete the round in time...
Ready to race? Then helmet on, ignition on, and
PLAYING CONTROLS – SPECTRUM & AMSTRAD
UP - Accelerate - Q
DOWN - Decelerate - A
LEFT - Turn left - O
RIGHT - Turn right - P
FIRE - Wheelie - SPACE
Type Load "" and press ENTER.
Amstrad 464: Press CNTRL and small ENTER
Amstrad 664/6128: Type ITAPE and press RETURN, press
CNTRL and small ENTER.
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