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Hard Drivin' (Atari ST)

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Title screen

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Description

Hard Drivin' is a 3D arcade hit from Atari Games. You are in control of a high-performance sports car. Your objective is to race around the course as fast as possible and hit as many checkpoints as possible. If you hit a checkpoint you gain extra time to go farther. You will see traffic on the road both in your direction and coming down the opposite direction, so be careful when you pass...

The course has two sections: speed track, and stunt track. Speed track is longer, but you can usually achieve higher speeds. Stunt track requires you to perform several stunts such as jumping bridges, driving through a loop, and so on.

Crashing the car has no serious consequences and indeed shows a replay of your crash from a cinematic angle. Admire your crash head-on into the cement truck, or clipping the minivan, or flying off the bridge in the wrong angle... You lose several seconds as your car is "reset" and you get up to speed again.

The home conversions retain most of the then-advanced 3D graphics but lack the force-feedback that was in the arcade version.

Screenshots

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Passing under a stunt bridge
Hard Drivin' Atari ST Title screen
Hard Drivin' Atari ST Map of the track
Hard Drivin' Atari ST Oncoming traffic

Alternate Titles

  • "Hard Drivin' 1" -- Informal name
  • "ハードドライビン" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1990 937 out of 1000 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1989 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The One Dec, 1989 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1989 10 out of 12 83
The One for ST Games Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ST Action Jan, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1991 69 out of 100 69

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Trivia

Cancelled NES port

A NES port was planned, programmed by Mark Morris, but was eventually not released.

Ghosts

In 2007, Midway holds the rights to this game, a lucrative deal as it includes a series of patents to the concept of recorded "ghosts" in racing games. These are recordings of a certain racing session, shown in a new game allowing players to race against and compare their best times. New games that want to use this feature have to license it from Midway: #5,577,913, a "System and Method for Driver Training With Multiple Driver Competition".

Sega Genesis cover artwork

If you look carefully, the rear license plate of the car reads "10-GEN". You might think that the "GEN" references the Genesis platform, but the full vanity plate text phonetically reproduces the name of Tengen, Atari Games' home console division and developers of this port.

Awards

  • EMAP
    • Golden Joystick Rewards 1990: Winner Best Coin-Op conversion.

Martin Smith (63136) added Hard Drivin' (Atari ST) on Mar 11, 2004
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (20702), Guy Chapman (1744), FatherJack (51895), NGC 5194 (17314), tbuteler (3023), Xoleras (66206), Martin Smith (63136) and Servo (55823)