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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 Title screen
Hard Drivin' Lynx When you crash you see an instant replay but from a 3rd person perspective
Hard Drivin' Atari ST Replay of the crash
Hard Drivin' Lynx You can see how far you got around the track after a race

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A major disappointment. Amstrad CPC Neville (2935)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1990 937 out of 1000 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Dec, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Arcade May, 1989 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1989 10 out of 12 83
Zero Amiga Mar, 1990 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Mar, 1990 8.6 out of 12 72
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 63 out of 100 63
Sega Does Genesis May 22, 2017 C- 42
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Lynx Nov, 1991 4 out of 12 33
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1990 20 out of 100 20

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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

  • Commodore Format
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #4 The Bottom 10
  • EMAP
    • Golden Joystick Rewards 1990: Winner Best Coin-Op conversion.

Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (21072), Guy Chapman (2001), FatherJack (62757), NGC 5194 (17619), tbuteler (3156), Xoleras (66829), Martin Smith (66812) and Servo (57406)