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The famous Indianapolis 500 Mile race, held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Memorial Day weekend, is one of the most famous automobile racing events in North America. The event is simulated here using 3D polygon graphics to recreate the 33 cars in the race. Players are able to choose their car and customize it with a variety of options. Modifications include wing down-force, tire pressures, wheel stagger (making the right-side wheels larger, to compensate for the banked corners) and turbo output (which provides boost, but stresses the engine and uses more fuel).

After qualifying (by performing during four laps and taking the average) players can race over 10, 30, 60 or the full 200 laps. Lower modes remove car damage and the 'full-course yellow' system, the absence of these can make for repeat carnage including traffic collisions and huge pile-ups.


Indianapolis 500: The Simulation DOS Track View (VGA)
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation DOS Behind the wheel of March Cosworth (Tandy)
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation DOS At the pit stop behind the wheel of Penske Chevrolet (Tandy)
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation DOS Title Screen (VGA)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Indy 500" -- Informal name

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A solid performer and faithful simulation. Trixter (8777) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Zero Mar, 1990 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1990 935 out of 1000 94
The One Jan, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1990 10.2 out of 12 85
The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Mar, 1990 80 out of 100 80
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele 1990 8 out of 10 80
PC Joker Aug, 1992 79 out of 100 79
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1994 69 out of 100 69


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Many consider this the first auto racing simulation based on realistic driving behaviour, but REVS (1986), developed by Geoff Crammond, already introduced this in a game.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Racing Games (editorial staff choice)
    • Amiga Power
      • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #9 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
    • Computer Gaming World
      • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #122 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
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Trixter (8777) added Indianapolis 500: The Simulation (DOS) on Mar 01, 1999
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