Derby Dash (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 41)


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What if you could breed horses in the shape of numbers?

(You’d probably get arrested, Dr Frankenstein)

See the Commodore 64 version of Derby Dash
See the Vic-20 version of Derby Dash
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Derby Dash
See the ZX81 version of Derby Dash
Also very similar to Day at the Races on the Amstrad Cassette 50

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Day at the Races (Amstrad Cassette 50 Game 41)

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Listen, I have two questions that I need answering desperately:

1. Do they use guns to start horse racing?
2. Would anyone call their horse Scabby Bum?

Because it’s all happening here on Day at the Races

This game is essentially the same as Derby Dash:
See the Commodore 64 version of Derby Dash
See the Vic-20 version of Derby Dash
See the Atari 8-bit version of Derby Dash
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Derby Dash
See the ZX81 Version of Derby Dash

Derby Dash (Vic-20 Cassette 50 Game 46)

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I want the horses I bet on to have ridiculous names. I don’t want them to just be numbers. This is bullshit.

See the Commodore 64 version of Derby Dash
See the Atari 8-bit version of Derby Dash
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Derby Dash
See the ZX81 version of Derby Dash
Also very similar to Day at the Races on the Amstrad Cassette 50

Derby Dash (Commodore 64 Cassette 50 Game 41)

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Bet all your money on a horse. Bet it all. All of it. Give me your money, I’ll do it for you.

Oh, your horse lost. Bad luck. Cheer up your horse now. It’s sad. Cheer it up. Kiss your horse.

KISS IT.

(It is called Randy Andy after all):

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Watch me lose all my money on the gee-gees:

See the Vic-20 version of Derby Dash
See the Atari 8-bit version of Derby Dash
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Microversion of Derby Dash
See the ZX81 version of Derby Dash
Also very similar to Day at the Races on the Amstrad Cassette 50

Derby Dash (ZX81 Cassette 50 Game 41)

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I’ve got a hot tip for this latest horse race, from a hot tipster. The hot tipster said that the hot tip is horse number 2.

So I’ll go and put my money on horse 2 then, how can I fail, surely the hot tipster wouldn’t do me a mischief?

And they’re off….

Hold on, they aren’t horses! They are numbers! What have you done to me hot tipster? And number 2 is lagging behind. Even number 3, who didn’t bother appearing until after 1,2 and 4 were well away is ahead of number 2 now.

Number 2, you are well named. Yes, because you’re shit, thats right.

See the Commodore 64 version of Derby Dash
See the Vic-20 version of Derby Dash
See the Atari 8-bit version of Derby Dash
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Derby Dash
Also very similar to Day at the Races on the Amstrad Cassette 50

Derby Dash (Acorn Electron Cassette 50 Game 41)

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Note: the BBC Micro version is identical to the Acorn Electron version

Come and bet all your money on the world’s crappiest horse race! No bends in the track! No fences! Horses that run like their legs are broken! And every single one of them has odds of 8-1!

(That is enough exclamation marks for one review I think).

This is essentially a rehash of earlier game Ski Jump but without the exciting loading screen or Ski Jumpers being crushed to death by their fellow competitors.

Yet, of course, the horse I bet on still comes last…

See the Commodore 64 version of Derby Dash
See the Vic-20 version of Derby Dash
See the Atari 8-bit version of Derby Dash
See the ZX81 Version of Derby Dash
Also very similar to Day at the Races on the Amstrad Cassette 50