Buggy Boy

Buggy Boy, also known as Speed Buggy, is an arcade off-road racing game developed by Tatsumi in 1985. The object of the game is to drive around one of five courses (Offroad, North, East, South or West) in the shortest time possible. Each course has five legs, each filled with obstacles such as boulders and brick walls. Points are awarded for driving through gates and collecting flags. Offroad is a closed-circuit course that takes five laps to complete while North, South, East, and West are each a strict point A to point B style course.

The player could also hit logs and tree stumps in order to jump the buggy over obstacles, gaining extra points while airborne. Extra points are also rewarded for driving the buggy on two wheels.

The original, cockpit version of the arcade cabinet had a panoramic three-screen display, a feature previously employed in TX-1. An upright, single-screen cabinet was released in 1986 under the name, Buggy Boy Junior.

Buggy Boy
Buggy Boy Cover
Cover art of Buggy Boy
Taito (international)
Composer(s)Mark Cooksey (C64)
Platform(s)Arcade (original)
C64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST
CabinetUpright and cockpit
Screenshot of Buggy Boy Junior


Review scores
Sinclair User8/10 stars[3]
Your Sinclair7/10[4]
MicroHobby (ES)5/5 stars[6]
The Games Machine92[8]
Zzap!64Gold Medal

Zzap!64 awarded the Commodore 64 port of the game a gold medal and a 97% score, calling it "a cracking racing game that proves totally compulsive."[9]


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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Zzap!64 100th Issue Pull-Out Special Page 5". Zzap64.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
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  9. ^ "Zzap!64". Zzap64.co.uk. December 1986. pp. 20–21.

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