Harvey Smith Showjumper
|Harvey Smith Showjumper|
|Developer||[Colin Porch]], Janet Porch, Nicole Baikaloff|
|Publisher||Software Projects, Programm Exchange, Artworx|
|Musician||Rob Hubbard, Colin Porch|
|Gamemode||Single player |
|Information||aka "Equestrian Showjumper"|
|Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):|
|5.75 points at 12 votes (rank 647).|
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|C64Games||6||21st October 2008 - "good" - 2 downs|
|Lemon64||6,3||16th July 2008 - 12 votes|
Harvey Smith Showjumper is an equestrian simulation and carries the name of a famous British show jumper Harvey Smith (* 29.12.1938). You need to reach the fastest time with the least number of faults on twelve different show-jumping courses. It can be played alone against the clock or against up to five human combatants. After choosing the ride (named Tommys Girl (ENG), Texas Flyer (USA), Rhinelander (GER), El Caballo (SPA), Can Can Can (FRA) and Neopolitana (ITA), which can all be renamed) and the course, the serious side of showjumping begins.
The time starts to run when the starting line was crossed. The obstacles need to be jumped in the given order. The right path can be seen on a kind of map that is shown at the lower left. The letters there are for different obstacles.
The animation of the horse is very nice and fluent. (The developers of Kane were of the same opinion and took over the horse including rider for their game.) Apart from that there is not much else to look at, except for the optically not very exciting obstacles and the properly designed audience seats.
During the training you are accompanied by nerving tootling music, which you can switch off in the menu under "Music Control". Then you will only hear pleasant hoof noises, the cheering of the audience after crossing the finish line and a signal that indicates a fault.
The game has an integrated editor which you can activate over the main menu - (D)esign Course. The controls are kept very simple. On a raster (see image at the left) you move a cursor with the joystick, with which you give the rider's path. On the yellow squares you can place obstacles to your fancy, but you have to take care that obstacles can only be crossed horizontally. On the squares you then enter the letter of the corresponding obstacle type (see list below). The course needs to start with a starting field (key S). The editor is automatically closed when you place the finish (key f). Then you can test your course with (p) for play. Unfortunately, the created parcours cannot be saved.
- Do not jump too close before an obstacle.
- The horse can do three different speeds. With the lowest it is best manoeuvreable, with the fastest it jumps best.
Rockford: "Grown-up men in strange suits on the back of a horse. This has never been my thing, this sport is not embraced by this term in my small world. The game is nevertheless fun, especially with mates. The editor has lost its right to exist by the fact that the courses cannot be saved. 7 points."
Blubarju: "I mainly care for horse racing, but I also sometimes like a small round of show jumping on the C64. Animations and playability add up in this game. Therefore also 7 points from me."
- There is an own highscore list for each course, unfortunately, these lists are not saved!
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