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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Enduro Racer - ZX Spectrum

Enduro Racer is a game that I remember from the arcades and the Atari ST, but not so much on the Spectrum. Playing it again on the ZX Spin emulator, I was surprised at just how well it plays.

As you can see from the screenshot, the designers went for a minimalistic colour palette that results in a clash-free display that looks reasonably good (pretty similar to the graphics for the Speccy version of Outrun if I remember rightly). The game itself is challenging but very playable, with quite detailed animation and good controls.

It occurred to me while playing some of these emulated games that we tend to associate slower processors with slower games, but of course this isn't the case at all. In fact the older games were often faster because they didn't rely on flashy graphics as much as modern games do.

Anyone else get the feeling that progress doesn't always take us in the right direction?!?

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