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Hard Drivin'

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
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Lynx
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3.2
DOS
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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' ZX Spectrum The game seems to class this as being off road too
Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum The game loads very quickly. This is the first screen that the player sees
Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum Initially steering with the joystick proved hard. When the car goes off road a ten second countdown starts
Hard Drivin' Atari ST Get ready to race

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 (1847)

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Top Secret Amiga Mar, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Genesis Apr, 1991 61 out of 100 61
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1991 51 out of 100 51
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
All Game Guide Lynx 2007 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
neXGam Lynx 2002 2.8 out of 10 28
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1990 20 out of 100 20
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 08, 2001 D- 16

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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.

Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (20704), Guy Chapman (1744), FatherJack (40282), NGC 5194 (17255), tbuteler (3026), Xoleras (66236), Martin Smith (63162) and Servo (55922)