into the unknown at breakneck speed, are you agile
enough to negotiate the perils?
left and right to avoid the cracks but be careful
not to fall off the edge of the path as you go.
once in a while it's nice to get a game that is a bit
different from the norm. Trailblazer is one such game.
At first glance it looks like a sort of racing game
but just playing it once will make you realise it has
so much more to offer. Play it a few more times and
you'll be hooked!
general idea is that you are some sort of metal ball
rolling happily along a fast moving conveyor belt in
space. The conveyor belt thing is basically made up
of multi-coloured squares and holes. You play the game
looking in from directly behind your ball and the track
is moving towards you. The game is split into levels
with a time limit per level. The faster you complete
a level the more time you have in the next!
your ball rolls along the track, different things will
happen as you roll over different coloured squares.
Some squares are good, some are bad and some can be
good or bad depending on the situation.... Firstly there
are the grey and brown squares, which do nothing good
nor harmful to your ball. Then there are the red and
green squares... the red ones slow you down and the
green ones give you a quick burst of speed. Purple squares
are a real pain in the arse because they stop you in
your tracks so you have to avoid them like the plague!
Blue squares make you jump really high, white squares
activate a speed-warp which lasts about 5 seconds or
until you hit a purple square or fall down a hole (these
white squares are few and far between - so make the
most of them!). Finally there are the dreaded Cyan squares
which reverse your left and right controls!
the start of each level you have 6 jumps which you can
use to avoid holes and nasty squares. At the end of
every 3rd level you get a bonus game, in which you watch
a ball follow a certain path on the squares and you
have to memorise and repeat it. This is pretty cool
and can give you more time in the following levels.
the end of the day, like most racing games, getting
good at the game comes from memorising the tracks. There's
a one player game, a two-player head to head and a time-trial
game. Like I already said, play it a few times and you'll
be addicted... it's great fun, especially in 2-player
mode. Just remember......BEWARE THE CYAN ZONE!!! :-)
by James Burrows
(26 October 2000)
"Games of the Week!"