Coast to coast

Harley Davidson: Road to Sturgis logo Amiga Computing Excellence Award

An angel on a Harley moves across to greet a fellow rolling stone. Puts his bike up on the stand and then extends a scarred and greasy hand. He says "Where ya going bro' Whereya been?" Then he takes my hand in some strange Californian handshake that breaks the bone.

Silly question. I mean, where am I going? It's 10 days to Sturgis, the biggest, greatest most bodacious bike rally in the entire U S of A. Better get a move on. Ten days to cross America coast to coast.

There are other things to be taken care of too. Well man, if you're going to turn up at a bro' do, ya gotta look like a bro'. Trade in your sneakers for boots, get into some leathers, get a decent WWII German helmet, ya knows the kind o'thing.

Never mind personal appearance though. I'd better gear up my hog (that's a Harley to you non-believers). Get an uprated engine, better brakes, higher rated tires. Might as well make it look good, so I think I'll go for the custom fenders and a nice eagle head tank.

Course, all this costs bread. Man, ain't there always ants at the picnic. I'm almost completely cashless at this present juncture if you know what I mean. Hell, I jus 'bout got enough to pay for the gas here. Mind you, the babe on the pumps looks cool, maybe I can charm it out of her.

The only way to make some readies is maybe pick up some grateful hitchhikers. Then there's always the biker events at a lot of the towns 'tween here and big "S". A guy can make hisself a hefty packet on a hillclimb, weenie grab or a poker run.

Say what? Ya never heard of a poker run? Well, two bro's line up on their vehicles then zip down the street snatching playin' cards outta the hands of strategically placed chicks. The guy with the best hand at the end of the run wins.

A weenie grab is slightly more interestin'. Ya gets yourself a babe to ride pillion then ride down the circuit. At intervals there'll be a pole across the road with a weenie sausage dangling from it on a piece of string. Your babe's gotta stand up at the right moment 'n' bite the little sucker in half.

There's other fun to be had, but then there's just plain ol' biker jamborees whore a guy can unwind a little, improve his cred with the other bro's and get poleaxed.

It's important to get some rest where ya can on a trip like this. Fatigue takes its terrible tool, 'specially if you's had a few spills. Watch out or ya'll be visiting casualty courtesy of the blue cross instead of struttin' ya stuff in Sturgis.

Watch out now. The road is a tough place where only the true bro' will prevail. Drivers leave all kinds'a crap on the streets. There's tyres, oil, rocks- man, the whole place is a battleground. Watch out for the smokeys too, but you can always arrange to be goin' slow when one of the regular patrols goes past. Treat other drivers with great suspicion and ya won't go wrong.

OK man, hope ya makes it. Above all, have yourself a righteous time.

Harley Davidson: Road to Sturgis logo

MINDSCAPE £24.99 * Mouse

Anyone involved in the world of Harley-Davidson motorcycles will undoubtedly be familiar with the biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Like the Beetle owners' 'Bug Jam', the Sturgis rally is the place to be once a year for riders of these much-revered two-wheeled machines.

In Mindscape's licence, you play a rider based in Maine who only has ten days to reach Sturgis. Belting down the highway at full pelt is not the way to do it, though - this way you will either come a cropper on a pothole or two and end up in hospital or get picked up by the police for speeding! A couple of bad things that it is best to make sure you avoid.

There are regular stops on the way that will allow you to buy some clothes or even hate a tattoo. If you feel up to it, you can take part in a special event. Take care on the way, be a helpful soul and pick up hitch-hikers if you want, but get to Sturgis on time - the festivities are waiting!


The presentation of Harley Davidson is pretty nifty, with some nice digitised pics and location shots, but the actual road sections are not that exciting. The perspective 3D road effect is fair enough, but the sprites are a little limited and are only adequately animated. The sound, too, is a shade weak and could do with perking up.


Even though there is a long way to go and the events are fun, the actual road-driving that takes up most of the game is pretty repetitive and uninspiring. The feel of a trek on the open road astride a powerful machine doesn't quite reach its full potential and could bore casual bike fans after only a couple of days,


The chance to ride a classic bike across the United States is a romantic and appealing thought, isn't it? Unfortunately, despite its slick presentation and humour (using biker slang at every opportunity), The Road to Sturgis hardly captures the feel at all. What we have is a basic 3D driving game that has a few extra elements thrown in. The special events are worth playing for, and maybe just to dream of doing the run to Sturgis for real will attract some gamers, but ultimately, most Harley fans will find themselves unfulfilled, end up ignoring the conversion and stick to the open road with the real thing.

Harley Davidson: Road to Sturgis logo

Die PC-Version von Mindscapes Easy Rider Trip durch die USA konnte kaum begeisterte Anhänger finden. Ob Amiga-Biker dem Ritt auf einer aufgemotzten Harley mehr Spaß abgewinnen können?

Der Weg ins Städtchen Sturgis ist weit, und die große Rocker-Fete findet schon in zehn Tagen statt. Aber was ein richtig harter Bursche ist, der gibt seiner Harley Davidson halt ein bißchen die Sporen!

Unterwegs warten neben kessen Anhalterinnen auch fünf verschiedene Fahrwettbewerbe; das Preisgeld wird dann in Sprit, Reparaturen und kleine Imagekorrekturen investiert.

Denn merke: Wer in Rockerkreisen etwas gelten will, muß neben einem aufgemotzten Feuerstuhl zumindest eine coole Sonnenbrille und eine chice Tätowierung vorweisen können!

Nachdem man sich für einen von vier Schwierigkeitsgraden (je nach Haarlänge!) entschieden hat, werden noch 30 Punkte auf fünf Charakterwerte wie z.B. Fahrkönnen oder Mechanikerfähigkeiten verteilt. Dann kann es losgehen.

Die Steuerung macht in allen Modi (Maus/Stick/Tastatur) eine recht gute Figur, an die etwas umständliche Handhabung muß man sich allerding erst gewöhnen.

Grafisch ist die "große Sause" kaum berauschend, in etwa eine Sparausführung von "Test Drive" (samt trafzettelverteilenden Polizisten).

Der Sound macht hübsch brumm-brumm, die Hardrocknummer als Titelthema ist sogar richtig gelungen. Das Problem liegt ganz woanders: Trotz der diversen Features und Unterspielchen ist der Motorradausflug schlicht langweilig!

Ich habe auf halber Strecke umgedreht, mir die Haare schneiden lassen und meine Harley eingemottet... (ml)

Harley Davidson: Road to Sturgis logo

Mindscape, Amiga £24.99

The tiny town of Sturgis, tucked away in the Black Hills of South Dakota, may seem an odd destination for a loud, greasy Hell's Angel like yourself, but in August Sturgis becomes a Mecca for about 80,000 bikers from all over the world.

Of course there's only one way to travel there: on your sturdy Harley-Davidson (affectionately known as 'Hog'!). Though this can easily reach 100mph, high speed cops patrol the highway, issuing on-the-spot fines to offenders.

The road is also littered with hazards like rocks, puddles and other traffic - too many crashes and you die. You'll also probably want to slow down to pick up a beautiful blonde hitchhiker!

Starting out as a 'Wanna- be' you'll have plenty of time to upgrade your biker rank in the many towns along the way. As well as an essential gas pump, every town has a bike shop where you can buy lots of stuff to repair and customise your bike (better engines, tyres, transmission systems etc) and upgrade your image (a variety of jackets, helmets, boots, animal pelts, sunglasses and even tattoos).

All of these cost money, earned by entering one of five types of biker event:
Slow-Ride Contest: Ride around the road cones in the slowest time possible.
Drag Race: A straight speed race against another biker.
Hill Climb: Ride up a steep hill in the fastest time possible. Go too fast and you'll tip backwards; too slow and you'll fall off.
Poker Run: The strangest card game ever invented. You compete with another biker, collecting playing cards off bikers standing at the roadside. At the finish the best poker hand wins.

Phil King Despite the roar of the bikes and the ZZ-Top style intro music, Harley Davidson isn't so heavy. It's really a light-hearted mixture of enjoyable sub-games linked by a road section which gets tedious with the long distances between towns. There are some nice touches though, like giving a girl a lift on the back of your bike and customising both your bike and your image - a pity then that these changes don't show up on the actual riding screens. Once you've tried all five events, however, there's little else to see apart from some disappointing single-screen party scenes.
Scorelord Mindscape have numerous race games heading for release, but they're all different - Harley most especially, with some sleazy adventure elements. The actual road section looks okay, but it gets a bit repetitive dodging obstacles in the road, passing cars and stopping hitchhikers. Of course, you can speed things up but it's a pity there's no chase, once the cops see you, you automatically pull over for the fine. When you hit town you can have fun customising self and bike at the shop, ogling the digitised petrol pump lady and participating in one of the events. These add variety, but suffer from PC-style graphics. The overall quest ensures the game has more lastability than most, but graphics and sub-games lack oomph for this enjoyable game to be a big hit.
N.B. Our copy glitched with a one meg Amiga, but worked fine with the upgrade removed.