Many of my favourite Spectrum games hail from the early days, which was when I spent most of my time playing them. Horace Goes Skiing is a perfect example of that. It's by no means a brilliant game, but it is an all-time classic, and it features one of the greatest cult heroes ever.
Horace doesn't ask for much. He's on holiday, and he just wants to pick up a pair of skis and whizz down those pristine snow-covered slopes. Is that really too much to ask? Apparently it is, because this is one ski trip that Horace is destined never to forget...
The main problem for Horace is that the ski hire centre (hut) is on the opposite side of the road to the piste. That means he has to cross the busy road, hire some skis, and then cross back over the road to get to the fun.
This part of the game sounds a bit like Frogger, but it's more like the old Activision game, Freeway. You'd expect a ski resort would have a small, winding road at the top of the mountain, but this has a massive eight-lane motorway and it's teeming with cars, motorbikes and massive trucks.
Should Horace successfully negotiate the hazardous highway, cough up his ten bucks and make it back to the other side, he can finally hit the slopes. At last! The main aim of the game. Horace must blast his way downhill, through trees and slalom poles, and hopefully cross the finish line at the bottom. He can earn himself some extra cash into the bargain, which could prolong his holiday indefinitely. Hoorah!
It really is a very basic little game, but charming with it and of course it has the appeal of Horace, one of the oddest-looking games heroes in existence. Both of the game sections are enjoyable enough, so that you're always likely to return to it in short bursts. Nice one, Horace.