Yes, it's yet another driving game, but this one's more than a little different from the rest. With car games coming out of the woodwork ten a penny - or something equally obscure in the metric age - it's a brave move on Gremlin's part to risk venturing into the driving genre. A quick look at Buggy, however, and their confidence in the game would appear to be justified.
Buggy gives you 16 vehicles to play with, but rather than use Ceveryday' common or garden buggies, Gremlin thought it might be kind of fun to give you some remote-controlled buggies to play with.
Each of these overgrown Matchbox cars is painted in a number of bright colours and, as you would expect, has different speeds and handling characteristics - but to extremes. Some nip around like mayflies - one gust of wind and you're all over the shop - while others drive more slowly but have better handling. And you get to drive them around 15 weird and wonderful circuits such as Bounty Bar beaches and Japanese gardens, plus the more mundane cave networks and damp woodlands.
Of course, there's more of a challenge to Buggy than simply winning the races. You also need to avoid the numerous obstacles littered around the tracks. You'll need your ridiculous ski hat on too, because Buggy requires top slalom control - it pays to head through the tutti-frutti gates in a variety of colour sequences. Persevere with these combinations to receive special features, from bogstandard speed boosts through to time stops, mega-grip and various super-secret peculiarities.
With further combos - and without trying to make it sound like Tekken on wheels - you can pull stunts and use different routes off the beaten track. With its Time Attack option, Championship mode and head-to-head on a split screen, Buggy sounds very familiar (Mario Kart springs to mind, albeit without a lard-arse gorilla or a dodgy Italian plumber).
But that's not all. After you've got the hang of it, collected enough bonuses, won some races and pulled off a few cunning stunts, you'll then get to control some bigger, badder, faster buggies.
So come the chilly moonlit nights of October when you decide to Cgive it just one more go' and then end up missing out on the best night out in months or a chance with that dream date, don't blame us. If you miss out on the good times, blame it on Buggy.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode