Road Blasters

Road Blasters arcade conversion by Amazing Products and published by US Gold in 1988.

Longplay Information

Author(s): MadMattyMadMatty
System: Commodore 64 / 128
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Publication Date: 24/02/2022
YouTube Release: 19/02/2023
Duration: 00:51:27
File Size: 83.21 MB (85208.00 KB)
Downloads: 46 downloads
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Player's Review

"Road Blasters, the computer version of the Coin-op sensation is ready to explode onto your computer screens! Prepare for a fast paced driving shoot 'em up that's half road race and half battle. Set in the distant future, speed your way through, blasting enemy cars off the road as you pass through different countries and register at checkpoints. Look out for the support jet that will fly over your car, and once docked on the roof will supply you with extra weaponry and fire power. Get ready for an exhilarating fast action game and the race is on!"

This is another conversion that kind of does its own thing on the C64 although probably closer to the original than out Run was. that said I the core of outrun lies at the hart of this conversion, looking at the way the road moves and the landscape. The car is very floaty and can be difficult to line up the aim. With just thre lanes of traffic you have multiple angles you can face to attack them. When mines are approaching I find it best to find the middle line between two lanes, that way you can sail right past the mines.

Your car is armed with a gun that fires a single shot when pressed. If you hot a target, your score multiplier rises. Miss and it drops. Score is important for a fuel bonus at the end of a stage. Some stages drop powerups. A rapid fire minigun for spraying bullets and missing does not drop your score multiplier. A turbo boost which allows you to turbo through the level conserving valuable fuel. A shield generator making invulnerable for a time and a rocket launcher which appears bugged and also makes you invulnerable for some reason. Normally it allows you to destroy even armoured targets.

In the longplay, I show all 50 levels. At various stages you get to choose difficulty levels and higher levels allow you to avoid earlier levels. If Expert is chosen at every opportunity, you would only have to play 25 levels. The game has music but it really does not want you to hear it it. At the end of each stage it auto starts the next stage after tallying your score. Even when completing the game there is no music or congratulation messages. Only getting a game over and enter a high score do you get to hear a clip of the high score.

Overall an on ok C64 game but like outrun, more was expected of it. The stages are short, and you get limited but enough fuel when playing well. It's still a difficult game though with it being too easy to run into the back of traffic or mines. The gun turrets can be annoying as well as the shots are not always easy to dodge.