Release Date: 1987
Code: Steve Cartwright
GFX: Mike Nowak
Music: Russell Lieblich
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 57%
Our Game Rating: 70%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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I’ve played Gee Bee Air Rally before, but only on the Amiga. I don’t remember it being anything special and expected the C64 version to be far worse because of the machine limitations, but it isn’t too bad really…
The aim is to win various airplane races where you have to avoid rival pilots and stay within the course boundaries. There’s a time limit to complete each course and there are bonus levels between the main races. It’s fast with decent graphics and is easy to play, but there’s little variety or excitement to keep you playing for a long period of time. It’s a bit of a change from your standard car racing games though, so it’s definitely worth a look.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played through the game and saved my position as I won races.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: As you win levels, you get to see little graphically interludes. Once all levels are beaten the interludes piece together to form the complete ending. The first picture shows the winning pilot receiving the tournament trophy in front of members of the press while the pretty mayor looks on. A jolly little tune plays as the ending unfolds. Next we see a member of the press asking for a picture of the pilot with the mayor. The next picture shows a black and white photograph of the pilot kissing the mayor. The mayor’s blouse seems to have fallen apart at the front! Oooohhh Errrr Missus! The final picture shows the photograph within a frame, displayed on a shelf along with the pilot’s trophy and goggles. The words ‘THE END‘ are also shown above the photograph. It seems our pilot got more than one prize.
Neil: Can’t complain about this one. A happy ending shown through a series of well drawn pictures. I really didn’t see this one coming. Happy days! 7/10.
Vinny: Every time I see this game title, I actually read it as BEE GEE! My brain freaks out and I start hopping around the room recreating a Brother’s Gibb melody of hits!
Anyway – it’s not really my kind of game, but it’s definitely my kind of ending – even if the music is a little naff. It could have done with better music and a bit of animation. 7/10 from me too.
Andy Vaisey: A pleasant surprise! Other than some iffy shading/anti-aliasing on the images, they’re nice enough. Maybe if the screen had flashed on the camera screen (some animation) this would have added more depth, but ditch that tune!
Not a game I ever played (or would consider playing, for some reason), but I would have been fairly happy with the ending if I’d completed it in the day.
Brendan Phoenix: Great ending, nice end with the photo on the mantelpiece next to your goggles and trophy. A fitting ending.
Andrew Fisher: Very impressed by the ending, although the tune is not one of Russell Lieblich’s best efforts. The game itself is very boring.
FINAL SAY: Great stuff! Most unexpected.
G.E. RATING: 7 / 10