Developer: VICTRAGIC price: free Download: KIKSTART.ME.UK/KIKSTART-VIC Although it shares a name with Shaun Southern’s two-player motocross racer, Kikstart on Commodore’s VIC-20 is actually based on the lesser-known, arcade-oriented Commodore 16 release from the same author. The objective is still to ride a dirt bike across the hazard-strewn course, but this time against the clock rather than an opponent.
Along with more regular hazards, like rows of double deckers and pits, some stages have rotating blades and lightningspewing clouds in the air to worry about as well – although there are also balloons floating past which can be collected using the super-powerful springboards that launch the motocross bike upwards.
The original C16 game is tough but lots of fun to play, something which has survived the cross-country journey to the machine’s older brother – the graphics made it, too, but are chunkier in their new home – so a 16K-expanded machine is required.
[VIC-20] A tempting row of buses is like catnip to a daredevil.
[VIC-20] Majestically leaping to grab a passing balloon.