Ninja Scooter Simulator (C64)

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Ninja Scooter Simulator
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Disk.jpg
Platform: Commodore 64
Year: 1988
Developer: Probe Software Limited

Ninja Scooter Simulator is a budget Metro-Cross clone for the Commodore 64. Apart from the box art, the game has nothing to do with ninjas.

You ride a kick scooter and have to reach the finish line within 38 seconds (shown as 4 minutes). On the way, you lose precious seconds by crashing into living, dead or inanimate obstacles, or win 5 seconds through a power-up. On ramps, you can perform stunts for bonus points.

The C64 port never got many convincing positive comments. The collision detection and controls are erroneous: If you rotate thrice mid-air, you are awarded 1000 points -- only it's technically impossible to do so. The levels are so tight that, in order to reach many bonuses, you must briefly slow down and move sideways, which costs time. If you move straight, the game may feel easier and a bit more fun, or pointless.

Screenshots

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The loading screen.

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The main menu and unsavable high scores.

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Game start.

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Jump high!

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Does recovery in 1 second make you a ninja?

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Freeze frame. Time out. Game over.

Music

Before playing, you can choose either music or sound effects. The music is rarely mentioned, but got a bit of love in YouTube comments. The sound effects are unrealistic, indistinct, annoying and constantly cut off: Every time the rider pushes off the ground (every second), it beeps twice.

The driver and all sound effects are identical to those in OutRun (C64) and Lazer Tag (C64). Both are by Jason Brooke, and OutRun is confirmed to be older than Ninja Scooter Simulator. It is the only known C64 soundtrack in Brooke's driver without unique sound effects.

Recording

The song was recorded from a real PAL C64C with an 8580 R5 4091.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Theme Unknown 3:21
Download

Credits

(Code recognition. Game lacks credits.)


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Game Rip

Format

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Audio Devices

This game uses the computer's built-in SID chip. It sounds the same on every chip. All known releases flicker heavily on NTSC.

Releases

  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Silverbird Software
  Italy.svg   Italy
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Tape.jpg
Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Silverbird Software
  Germany.svg   Germany
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Tape.jpg
Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Silverbird Software
  France.svg   France
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Tape.jpg
Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Silverbird Software
  Netherlands.svg   Netherlands
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Tape.jpg
Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Silverbird Software
  Spain.svg   Spain
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Tape.jpg
Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Silverbird Software
  Denmark.svg   Denmark
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Tape.jpg
Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1988-0?-??
Publisher: Silverbird Software
  UK.svg   UK
Ninja Scooter Simulator - C64 - Disk.jpg
Title: Ninja Scooter Simulator
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Prism Leisure Corporation

Links


Ninja Scooter Simulator
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Notable Songs Theme - Ninja Scooter Simulator (CPC)
Notable Companies Probe Software • Sysoft • British Telecom