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Slot Racers (Atari 2600)

Slot Racers Atari 2600 Gameplay in an easy maze

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Written by  :  RobinHud (64)
Written on  :  Oct 16, 2005
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Summary

Simple, fun, but only if you don't expect too much.

The Good

What looks like a simplistic game may actually turn into an interesting strategy game, once the players have mastered the controls. The four maps provide some variety, so you can play for quite a while before you get bored. I preferred the settings where the missile travels faster than the vehicle. Otherwise, it takes forever to hit your enemy and offers very little challenge. The optional missile control is another way of accelerating the scores.

The Bad

This game is only intended for two players. The designers should have at least provided us with one game for a single player, but I guess that the technology wasn't ready for that in 1978, so you 'll have to wait for Pac-Man to have some fun alone in a maze.

You can only guess that your vehicle is a car (kinda?), for the graphics are quite lame. And even worse, the pow and bang sounds make you regret the usual beeps of other Atari games.

The Bottom Line

Slot Racers reminds a bit of Combat, one of Atari's first games. But in this game you can accelerate your vehicle and have the option to control your missile.