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Stunt Track Racer (DOS)

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Description

Race a single computer opponent for first place on a unique racetrack -- 100 feet in the air! You start in the fourth three-man division of a league, all racing each other twice, and must come top to progress. The action is viewed from within the car throughout the 3-lap races, with the distance between you always on screen.

Jump chasms, jumps, and drawbridges; take banks hard or slow; pass your opponent on the track or while catching mass air. Your car has the ability to burn a limited amount of turbo boost fuel as a way to accelerate faster and achieve higher speeds, but don't use it all up at once or you'll fall behind. Don't damage your engine too much; severe dents will show up during your next race.

Whatever you do, don't fall off the track, as this will cost you time as you are placed back on.

Screenshots

Stunt Track Racer DOS Main Menu
Stunt Track Racer DOS Ups... A little accident (CGA).
Stunt Track Racer DOS Beware! A dangerous curve (CGA).
Stunt Track Racer DOS Catching mass air

Alternate Titles

  • "טורבו - המירוץ בגבהים" -- Hewbrew spelling
  • "Stunt Car Racer" -- UK title

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User Reviews

Brilliant technical presentation on modest hardware. Trixter (8734) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

The Press Says

Tilt Mar, 1990 16 out of 20 80
Power Play Apr, 1990 65 out of 100 65
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1994 61 out of 100 61
The DOS Spirit Dec 10, 2008 3 out of 6 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Stunt Car Racer appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled sequel

In 2003 Geoff Crammond started the work on a sequel called Stunt Car Racer Pro, but after a long time without any news about the project, it was officially canned in February 2005.

Multiplayer

Stunt Car Racer could be played with two players using a serial connection between two machines. This also worked with different systems, so you could also connect an Amiga with an Atari ST, which was quite unusual at this time.

Programming

Even with it's (simple) 3D graphics and physics model, Stunt Track Racer runs at a decent clip on a 4.77MHz machine with CGA, and full speed on any machine 8MHz or faster. Extremely well-optimized programming!

While the CGA version of the game didn't do any speed checking and runs too fast on modern hardware, the EGA version was throttled by the EGA page-flipping, and runs perfectly on modern hardware.

References

Although it was almost a decade old at the time, Stunt Track Racer was remembered and mentioned as a comparison in CDMAG's review of Whiplash.

Awards

  • 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) - #10 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Phil King)
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Trixter (8734) added Stunt Track Racer (DOS) on Jan 23, 2000
Other platforms contributed by EboMike (3009), Quapil (4739), Martin Smith (63136), tas fee (118) and Игги Друге (44036)