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Despatch Rider

Despatch Rider

Despatch Rider

"As there's no shadow on the ground below the bike when airborne, you can never be quite sure whether you have landed and moved up the road one lane or are still in flight."
Electron User


Dick Decker has yet another new job, as a Despatch Rider with the Dorkin Despatch Agency. Darren Dorkin, the owner, has lent Dick his powerful Yamasaki 750, and Dick dare not damage it for fear that he might lose his job.

If he loses his job his whole life will be in ruins, since his long-suffering fiancée Debbie has given him just one more chance to get a steady job.

Can you help Dick deliver the mail to the Royal Snail offices whilst avoiding the road works, burst water mains and other hazards?

Despatch Rider is a challenging test of your reactions and digital dexterity that will keep you amused for hours on end."

Game Objective

Name - Dick Decker
Occupation - Despatch Rider
Task - To save your job (and your neck!)

Since leaving school with just two CSEs (needlework and tap-dancing), you have been a failure, flitting from job to job without ever discovering where your talents really lie. Now you have once again put away ye olde UB40 to take up an offer of employment from the Darren Dorkin Despatch Agency. As you jump on your supercharged Puch to go to work on the first day your lovely fiancée Debbie waves farewell with these departing words: "If you don't keep this job, then the wedding is off!".

Your arrival at Dorkin Despatch is no less disturbing. The owner - 15 stone of leather and grease - states that you cannot use your trusty Puch for the despatch runs, and until you get a new bike you will have to use his Yamasaki 750 which, considering it is 660cc more than you have ever experienced before makes you feel, uh, a little panicky. Especially when Mr Dorkin warns that if you damage his bike you'd better keep your crash helmet on "'coz you're gonna need it, mate!"

Your task of the day is to collect mail bags and deliver them to the Royal Snail offices. Time is short and the Yamasaki engine is very thirsty, so you must ensure that you don't run out of petrol by refuelling en route. The slower you go, the more petrol you'll need (There must be a leak in the petrol tank!).

There are road works along the route, but you don't have time to use the diversions - use the ramps instead. Make sure you avoid the cones and the deep puddles from the burst water mains, and above all don't forget to pick up the mail. If you do make a mistake you will have to start all over again.

If you do manage to complete the morning's work by delivering all the mail sacks to seven different offices at the end of seven different streets, you'll still have the second post to do! Not only is there likely to be more of it, but the streets will be busier and the mail more difficult to collect.

Mr Dorkin has started a new ratings system to find out who is his best rider (and who gets the sack); for each mailbag safely delivered a bonus of 1000 points will be given. If you can only get to Number 1 your job at Dorkin Despatch will be safe and Debbie will be yours.

Game Controls

A - Track Up, Z - Track Down, < - Slow Down, > - Speed Up
P - Pause, S/Q - Sound/Quiet


Cover Art Language(s): English
Compatibility: BBC Model B, BBC Model B+, BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron
Release: Professionally released On Cassette
Original Release Date: 1st Jan 1988
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Despatch Rider (Cassette)
Despatch Rider (5.25" Disc)