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Power Drift (Amiga)

Power Drift Amiga Intro of one of the drivers, Jason


100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Overall MobyScore (4 votes) 3.0

The Press Says

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Amiga Format
Wonderful stuff. As challenging and as addictive as you would expect from a hit coin-op but with much more gameplay depth than usual. A first-class racing game with all the essential ingredients to keep you in the driving seat.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
POWERDRIFT ist die bisher beste Umsetzung eines SEGA-Games aus der Spielhalle. Macht weiter so, die User werden‘s Euch danken! POWERDRIFT: Get it!
Amiga Action
Converting such an excellent arcade game must have been a nightmare for Activision, and it has to be said that they have done a great job. Powerdrift is as close to the arcade as we could hoped for. I think the programmers may have tried a little too hard to make it a close conversion, and therefore the game has suffered somewhat. The track is far too flickery and is poorly constructed, becoming a little unclear at times. Well tried, but out of the Amiga's league, I'm afraid.
Amiga Joker
Das Spiel bietet prima Grafik, schnelle Animation und gute Spielbarkeit. Allerdings ist eine kurze Eingewöhnungszeit erforderlich, ehe man an der ungewohnten Steuerung Gefallen findet. Aber dann kommt Freude auf: Man mag nicht mehr von dem Game lassen, ehe man nicht alle 27 (relativ kurzen) Rundkurse durchfahren hat. Die einfallsreichen Rampen und Hindernisse, zusammen mit der tollen Sprachausgabe und den gelungenen FX machen das Spiel zu einem echten Renner!
CU Amiga
Finally we see the first of Activision’s biggies for Chrimbo, a conversion of an extremely fast race machine. So how has cartie-racing legend Power Drift fallen into the 68000? Not very well, as I expected. The problem lies with the machine. When an arcade programmer has an idea, he is given the hardware to carry that idea out. No matter how good a programmer is, the Amiga 500 hardware is not going to improve, and so the new breed of arcade games are too difficult to carry across. Powerdrift is one of them.
With its neat presentation Power Drift appears to be a good conversion. But as you get to harder, more graphically complex levels the graphics and gameplay start to get messy and confusing, spoiling the playability somewhat. Fans of the coin-op might appreciate the programmer's bravery, but others will wonder why he didn't keep it as graphically simple as the C64 game.
Amiga Power
All the arcade's tracks, characters, and secret features. The graphics can get very confusing, and the gameplay isn't really that close to the original. A good stab at a very difficult conversion, but not quite good enough.
Power Play
Das konnte ja nicht gutgehen: Der Power Drift-Spielautomat bietet atemberaubende 3D-Grafik dank eines teuren Spezial-Chips. Selbst ein Amiga kann mit solchen Hardware-Tricks nicht dienen und bei Power Drift hängt der Spielspaß von der Schnelligkeit der Grafik ab. Obwohl sich die Programmierer viel Mühe gegeben haben, spielt sich die Amiga-Umsetzung schlapp. Das 3D ist so ruckartig, daß man kaum vernünftig steuern kann. Je mehr Grafik dargestellt werden muß, desto eher kommt das Programm beim Berechnen sichtlich ins Schwitzen (und der Wagen ins Schleudern). Power Drift sieht hübsch aus, doch das schlichte Spielprinzip und die langsame Grafik ruinieren viel.