The Race Against Time by Codemasters


raceagainsttimegamePublisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters
Release Date: 1986
Code: Colin Jones
Title GFX: Steve Day (STE)
Music: David Whittaker
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 30%
Our Game Rating: 45%
Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
Back in the eighties there seemed to be an abundance of national UK charity events that spread across various mediums doing their best to raise cash. We had events such as BBC Children in Needs (still going each year!), Red Nose Day (AKA Comic Relief), ITV Telethon (a flop), Band Aid (remember that?!), and Sport Aid (which is now called Sport Relief). All these events seemed to compete against each other to raise the most money within 24 hours. Nowadays with have similar events for sick and needy called The X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing 😉
The Race Against Time was a charity game by Codemasters to help support Sport Aid charities. The event did very well and raised a considerable amount of money (£23m), but as for this game… erm… I’m sure it raised some cash, but it was obvious that Codemasters were doing the minimal amount of work thinking they would make a maximum amount of impact – for them. I doubt that this happened because the game is appalling. It’s obviously a ZX Spectrum port with little effort made to utilise the Commodore 64’s extra graphical and audio power. It has similar features to Grand Prix Simulator and the early  Dizzy Egg games. The only real thing going for this game was the loading screen by STE, and the cool rendition of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Games Without Frontiers’ by David Whittaker.
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Your man finally reaches the end.
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He lights the barbecue…
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“CONGRATULATIONS”
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Measly fireworks!
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“I want my money back!”
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A message…
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…scrolls across the top…
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The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Cheated! Brendan managed to do this with the help of some tips and a map that Andrew Fisher sent him (from an issue of ACE magazine) – thanks Andrew 🙂
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you reach the final screen, you light the Sport Aid fire/torch/lantern/whatever, and a ‘CONGRATULATIONS‘ message appears in the scroller. Some fireworks appear in the sky and then the final ending message appears, which reads: ‘YOU HAVE NOW COMPLETED THE RACE AGAINST TIME. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING SPORT AID ’88‘.
COMMENTS:
Brendan: The end is terrible. The most feeble fireworks display ever ( it’s so bad – it’s good ). 1/10.
Vinny: I own the double cased original of this game and it was the last game I needed to complete my Codemasters collection on tape, and so it means something to me.
Unfortunately the ending means nothing much to me apart from a 2/10.
Andrew Fisher: Took part in the race at my school. Did not buy or play this game after its rubbish review in ZZAP. A very simple ending to a below par game.
Andy Vaisey: Pop gun fireworks on a hires game screen. Whoopie…
FINAL SAY: Sport Aid? More like Lemonade!

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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