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- Sport of kings -

In all my years of playing computer and videogames I have rarely seen games that centered around horse racing. Sport of kings is a game where you can experience horse racing and ofcourse the most important thing you can bet on the race as well. Up to five players can play the game at once and the goal is realy simple, make as much money as you can! You start the game by selecting a number of options like amount of players, number of horses a season and how much money you start with (yes you can actually set this yourself). Also you can select things that will affect the race such as weight and jockies which will give you more information to keep track thus making it more difficult.

Before the season starts you can also autorun a couple of races so that a few statistics are available. This is not required but if you don't do this there will be no information for you to work with and thus you'll be pretty much guessing on the winner. After the autorun races are finished which can take some time depending on the number you filled in you can get to work. You can check statistics for many things and all of them can influence the outcome of a race so it's important that you pay attention and not go betting like crazy. Just in the real world the longshots will pay out the most money but you can also go for safe and bet on a proven winner. Nothing is for certain though and there is still a large amount of luck involved. There are however ways to win money even when you are not betting on the winning horse as you can bet in a number of ways. The six types of bets aren't really straightforward and I'm not into horsebetting myself but the two most obvious are win for winning horse and place for predicting which place the horse will finish, the bets also have different payouts ofcourse.

Altough the subject matter of this game might not appeal to everyone it does get top marks for originality as I don't know any other game that involves betting on horse races with so much detail. That said it's a game based on statistics and apart from seeing the race and hoping that your horse will be the winner there is very little in the way of excitement to be had. However for those who like to place a bet now and then this is an easy (and cheap) way to get a fix. It's not the same I know but it's uniqueness is enough to warrant a go. The DOS version has a lot more options than the other two but I actually prefer the C64 version as it's a lot more relaxing just betting :)

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser



This game was released for three different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1989.
This version of sport of kings is actually called omni play horse racing. Graphically it's the best hands down, it has all the options the other versions have as well.
C64 Released in 1986.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
I believe this is the original version.
DOS Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed on a Win2k PC.
Works ok under dosbox. This version is actually more elaberate than the older ones, here you can also choose from jockies among other things and the graphics have been updated also.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1986.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
Very much like the C64 version.

Date added Jan-03-2006 19:50
Name Sport of kings
Developer Mastertronic
Publisher Virgin
First released 1986
Genre Misc
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 25 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 431 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 372 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 25 Kb
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Manual Download manual , filesize: 2 Kb
This is the same as the text manual.
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