Instructions for


Kixx, 1988

Written by Chris Owen, HTML'd by Arnt Gulbrandsen.


Keyboard, Kempston

Aim of the game

Benurio, a merchant's son, has fallen foul of the wicked Nerio, chief of the Emperor's Praetorian Guard. Both men are trying to win the affection of the beautiful Calia - but the unscrupulous Nerio has denounced Benurio and forced him to race in the Circus Maximus (not the Colosseum of the title!). However, chariot racing is a rough business and the other participants will try to kill you before the end of the race...

Game play

You must complete four very hazardous races in each of which you'll have to complete four laps, avoiding the obstacles and fighting off your opponents. They carry weapons of increasing deadliness with which they'll try to reduce your energy: 1) Hatchet - the least dangerous; this is what you start off with. 2) Sword - more powerful than the above. 3) Mallet - still more powerful. 4) Trident - the most powerful weapon with non-instant effect. 5) Net - instant effect; will take away all your energy. 6) Lance - the same as the net in effect. To get a better weapon than the humble hatchet, you'll need to finish off a better-armed opponent and grab his weapon. You'll then be able to use it againt your other opponents.


"Despite a very simple concept, COLOSSEUM is surprisingly addictive".


70% (CRASH #63, April 1989)


A graphically clever but ultimately rather shallow race game.



Nettverksgruppa, 10/9-94,