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Johnny F. Kemedy Racing Challenge is a bullet hell game that can be played on the Mikropekka computer at home. It can be downloaded from the Files section of Con-Line BBS; the file size is 950 kilobytes, which means that downloading the game at the highest possible baud rate will take about 26 minutes and 23 seconds. The game can be accessed with the jfkrace command and, as with most other games, terminated by pressing Q. The goal of the game is to drive Johnny to safety.

Gameplay[]

The objective of the game is to dodge bullets and bombs long enough for Johnny to make it to the city safely. The game has three phases with different mechanics to avoid. Johnny can take 10 hits from the regular bullets, but driving on the grass, getting hit by a bomb, or getting hit by a sniper rifle shot will kill Johnny instantly. A simple intro text is shown at the start of the game:

THEY WANT JOHNNY DEAD
HELP JOHNNY GET TO THE CITY
EVADE DEATH
KEEP THE CAR ON THE ROAD

Phase 1[]

Phase 1 consists only of horizontally moving bullets; they can be avoided by moving the car up and down. Johnny can sustain 10 hits from these bullets before dying.

Phase 2[]

Phase 2 introduces the bomb mechanic. A bomb will drop down every couple of seconds at a random spot on the screen; an indicator is given for the dropping point before it explodes. The boost should only be used if the bomb appears right on top of the car. The horizontal bullets will start appearing after about ten seconds in to the phase. Getting hit by a bomb kills Johnny immediately, ending the game.

Phase 3[]

Phase 3 introduces the sniper rifle mechanic. A red dot appears on the screen once every few seconds; it will start moving towards Johnny's head very fast shortly after. The sniper rifle shot is very difficult to avoid, especially if it appears right on top of the car. The bombs and horizontal bullets will start appearing after about ten seconds in to the phase. Getting hit by a sniper rifle shot kills Johnny immediately, ending the game.

Ending[]

Getting Johnny to safety will make the text "YOU MADE IT" appear on the screen. An outro text is also shown after winning the game:

IT'S ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR JOHNNY.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN,
ANOTHER EXCELLENT SPEECH.
HE IS STILL ALIVE.
BUT FOR HOW LONG...

Trivia[]

  • The game is based on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States.
  • Beating the game will unlock the "Waving for victory" achievement.
  • There was a real-life video game about Kennedy's assassination. Titled JFK Reloaded, the aim was to kill Kennedy in the fashion closest to what was described in the Warren Commission report. The game attracted considerable controversy for its subject matter.


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