Horace Goes Skiing

  • Melbourne House

  • FormatVideo & Arcade
  • TypeSports
  • SystemMicrocomputer

Nintendo has Mario, Sega had Sonic and the ZX Spectrum has Horace, well sort of. Unlike its console cousins, the ZX Spectrum range of computers was never associated with an official mascot.

Affectionately remembered as an 8-bit classicSteven Howlett

Nevertheless, the Horace series is often fondly linked with the Speccy, despite it also being available for other 8-bit computers of the period.

Horace Goes Skiing is the second of three officially released titles to feature the bewildering and freakishly odd shaped character. The other two titles are Hungry Horace and Horace and the Spiders. The game play is split into two distinct levels. In the first, you have to safely guide Horace across a busy road, whilst avoiding the oncoming traffic to reach the ski hire shop.

Once you have collected your skies it’s a quick dash back across the road. This level is mildly reminiscent of the 1981 arcade game Frogger. In the second part, you have to guide Horace down a slalom ski slope, between the ski gates and over ramps, whilst avoiding the trees. Once you complete the course its back to the road dash to collect a new set of skies to repeat the process.

Despite its simplistic, repetitive game play and minimal graphics, Horace Goes Skiing is affectionately remembered as an 8-bit classic. This may in some part be bolstered by the fact that the game was included with early ZX Spectrums or it could simply be that Horace Goes Skiing spawned from an era when games were uncomplicated and good fun.

Review by Author Steven Howlett:

Book available from Amazon here: Diary Of An 80s Computer Geek 

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  • Melbourne House

  • FormatVideo & Arcade
  • TypeSports
  • SystemMicrocomputer

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