User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari 2600 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
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 User Score (11 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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TeleMatch (Sep, 1983)
Superlative sollte man gerade bei der Beurteilung von Videospielen möglichst meiden. In diesem Fall aber gibt es für mich keine Diskussion: Ein Spitzenspiel, ja, der Renner unter den Renn- bzw. Fahrspielen, das ist Pole Position.
What then can be said? The game keeps score based on how far you go, so there's replay value in trying to beat your previous score. Even if the game didn't keep score, this game is good enough that it would be worth coming back to play occasionally on its merits alone. As an arcade port, this isn't the most creative game in the world, but a good game that's a port is easily better than a bad game that is overly creative. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. If you have an Atari 2600 and you don't have this game, shame on you. Get it immediately. You don't know what you're missing.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 11, 2002)
Realistic sound effects include passing car engines and squealing tires. I like how the game keeps a running score at the top of the screen. This version of Pole Position is tougher than it looks. Try to reach 50,000 points and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Overall, Pole Position is the racing game all Atari 2600 owners should have. It is a true arcade classic.
Giving due credit to the company, Atari has closely duplicated the sounds (minus the speech, of course) of the original coin-op and the background terrain does move convincingly past the racer. Unfortunately, sound and half-good graphics minus most of the play features that made the coin-op a success equals a cartridge that's less than desirable.