Enduroracer Let me start of by saying that all these
arcade racing game, in my opinion, do not work well on any home system.
Actually, that goes for any arcade game with a special hydraulic
system, sitting on a bike and moving along with the action makes the on
screen action less importand, the realism of the hydraulic's is the
focus. When playing a game like this, you tend not to consider the
on-screen action in isolation, the hydraulics without the action might
not be that good.
I think Enduroracer falls in that category, no matter how good the
conversion, if you do not have the bike to sit on you miss 80% of the
The Spectrum version looks very good, it moves at the same speed as the
Commodore but has alot more activity next to the road. The bike and
roadside objects tend to mix with the mountains in the distace, it is
however not to distracting. The Commodore version however is a dud,
very sparse objects next to the road and ugly sprites for the bikes.
The Commodore version also seems to miss
other cars on the road, either way, the game has limited lastability.
It becomes boring very quickly, not my cup of tea.
The Spectrum is a clear winner in this case. Exolon You are soldier of fortune, you have a
mission to rid a planet of aliens. So much for the plot. You carry a
laser gun and grenades, the game is a flip-screen game where you have a
different challenge on every screen. Every screen requires a different
strategy to conquer. This was really big on the Spectrum, every
reviewer seemed to love it, on the Commodore however it didn't get such
good reviews, it was only seen as average.
I suspect it got good reviews on the Spectrum due to it not having much
of a color clash. It's a good game a nice little blaster but not as
good as the reviewers suggested.
It is obvious from the screen shots that the two versions are very
How do we choose a winner? Well the Commodore has a nice tune which the
Spectrum lacks, the Spectrum also has some color clash. The game
doesn't push the Commodore in any way, no scrolling, not to many moving
objects. Based on this, using less of the machine on the Commodore and
more on the Spectrum, the winner is: Commodore!