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Hard Drivin'

MobyRank MobyScore
Lynx
33
3.2
DOS
...
2.8
Genesis
52
2.0

User Reviews

A major disappointment. Amstrad CPC Neville (1847)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 8 2.8
Amstrad CPC 5 2.1
Arcade 3 3.1
Atari ST 5 3.4
Commodore 64 6 1.8
DOS 9 2.8
Genesis 10 2.0
Lynx 4 3.2
ZX Spectrum 5 3.1
Combined MobyScore 55 2.6


The Press Says

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90
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK)
If you were worried about the speed of the Spectrum version, forget it! This is just the sort of action-packed game you could do with on Christmas Day. So the sprites are monochromatic, who cares, this version is so playable. Binary Design and Domark have achieved the impossible. They have managed to fit a Ferrari into a Fiesta..
90
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
Originally designed as a professional driving simulator, Hard Drivin' is now fast and furious arcade action all the way. The conversion on all formats is top notch. All speed freaks should have a copy of Hard Drivin' in their garage.
86
GenesisGénération 4
Une bonne adaptation d'un jeu vraiment prenant et très jouable !
83
Atari STASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
"Wäre die Steuerung etwas präziser, die Strecken etwas vielfältiger und das Game nicht gar so einfach durchzuspielen, hätte der Mega-Stern hier gestanden!", meinte Torsten. Ich jedenfalls bin der Meinung, daß der Siegeszug dieses Spiels genauso wenig zu bremsen ist, wie meine persönliche Begeisterung.
80
AmigaTop Secret
Jest to gra typu symulacyjnego, o klasę lepsza od np. "Lombard rally" czy "Toyota Celica GT Rally", z prostego powodu - jest bardziej "naturalna" (jest to niestety bardzo nieodpowiednie słowo). Dzieje się tak dzięki doskonałej, trójwymiarowej grafice, oraz dokładnemu odwzorowaniu reakcji samochodu nie tylko na drodze lecz także w powietrzu.
72
Atari STST Action
Domark also boast about new track discs which will have new circuits which I think will improve the game a great deal. On the whole, I think Hard Drivin' is a good coin-up conversion and deserves a place in anyones collection, but even more so with the track discs.
69
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Take your high-speed revmobile around two tracks in this close conversion of the Atari coin-op. The graphics aren't bad at all, but the gameplay is really repetitive after about ten minutes play. The simple fact is that two tracks just isn't enough for home product. If the coin-op was your bag, I'd recommend you save up for Hard Drivin 2: Drive Harder. Its track designer and extra circuits make all the difference.
63
AmigaPower Play
In der Spielhalle ist man mit zwei Mark dabei: Man dreht den Zündschlüssel, tritt die Kupplung, hackt den ersten Gang rein und braust los - ganz wie beim eigenen Auto. Die Simulation, die so ein tolles Fahrgefühl vermittelt, heißt "Hard Drivin'" und wurde von Atari Games in Amerika entwickelt. Für die Amiga-Umsetzung wurde extra ein deutscher Computerkenner bemüht: "Star Wars"-Programmierer Jürgen Friedrichs setzte sich an die Tastatur.
61
AmigaAmiga Joker
Hard Drivin' ist optisch das exakte Ebenbild des Automaten-Vorbilds. Die Vektorgrafik ist traumhaft schön und blitzschnell, sogar die Zeitlupenwiederholung aus der Vogelperspektive wurde von der Arcade-Maschine auf den Amiga umgesetzt. Nur leider: Die verheerende Steuerung macht alles zunichte! Als große Fans des Tengen-Automaten kullerten uns dicke Tränen aus den Augen, als wir sehen mußten, was aus der wunderbaren Fahrt durch Loopings und Hochgeschwindigkeitsabschnitte geworden ist. Verdammt schade!
61
GenesisPower Play
Die Umsetzung auf das Mega Drive ist halbwegs gelungen. Alle Feinheiten auf der Strecke sind vorhanden und der Computergegner Phamtom Photon fährt immer noch so fies. Die Grafik ist allerdings recht langsam, der Sound kommt dem Automaten nahe. Leider gibt es nur zwei Strecken und die Steuerung reagiert über das Joypad sehr nervös.
60
LynxGamePro (US)
Hard Drivin's no lemon, but it's got its kinks. The steering controls are sluggish, and the 4-speed automatic transmission, which requires pressing both Option buttons to use, has too many moves for one thumb. But if you don't mind working while you drive, take Hard Drivin' for a test spin!
57
GenesisVideo Games
Hard Drivin' ist keines der üblichen Rennspiele, bei denen nur schnelle Reaktionen gefragt sind. Bei dieser Fahrsimulation geht es vergleichsweise realistisch zu. Vor allem kommt es darauf an, sich mit der Steuerung vertraut zu machen. Bei der neuen Mega-Drive-Version sind im Prinzip alle Features des Vorbilds zu finden. Doch leider ist die 30-Grafik auf dem Mega Drive weder flott noch flüssig, so daß der Spaß mangels eines guten Fahrgefühls merklich leidet, Zwei verschiedene Strecken sind außerdem etwas wenig, um langfristig bei Laune zu bleiben.
52
GenesisComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Megadrive Hard Drivin' practically is Amiga Hard Drivln'! Even some of the old bugs are present and the sound is actually a lot worse. The sampled ignition has been replaced with a lacking synthesized effort and the car's engine sound more like a flatulent elephant! Lastability is this game's main problem, though. One game is all that's required to see everything that this game has to offer and after that all interest in the game vanishes with a spectacular suddenness. Also, the handling of the car is completely unrealistic, and that realism was the whole point of the arcade machine. If you're a racing fan spend some money on the coin-op version (or better still, Race Drivin') - this simply isn't value for money.
51
LynxPower Play
Nach dem guten "Checkered Flag" gibt das Lynx erneut Gas. Diesmal hakt's allerdings im Getriebe: Spielerisch wurde das Computervorbild zwar kompromißlos adaptiert, doch bei der Geschwindigkeit (Strecke und Autos werden in ausgefüllter 3-D-Vektorgrafik dargestellt) muß man Abstriche machen.
51
GenesisMean Machines
Hard Drivin' worked well as a coin-op - the positive feedback steering wheel, realistic clutch controls and enclosed cabinet made for an enjoyable driving experience. However, on the Megadrive much of the coin-op's tactile appeal has been stripped away, exposing what is really a rather basic racing game. The 3D graphics are smooth, fast and impressive, and the game is certainly enjoyable for a while. But once you've mastered the tracks and beaten the Phantom Photon (which doesn't take a vast amount of practice) it all gets rather dull and pointless. Players who loved the coin-op will doubtless enjoy the action, but it won't take long before the novelty wears off.
50
GenesisAll Game Guide
Simply put, this is a game that shouldn't have been attempted on the Genesis -- if you want a real polygon driving game, pick up Virtua Racing, which has a special chip on its cartridge to help push the geometry around. Shame on you, Atari...
40
GenesisSega-16.com
You have to play for a while to grow to like it, while at the same time the fun only lasts a few minutes. I guess most of the problems could've been solved by a bigger cartridge size – but as it is, this game uses only two MEGs, making it one of the smallest games in the Genesis library! Tengen tried to address that problem in a later game. This, however, is sadly just so much wasted potential, still likable in way, but not really entertaining in the long run.
33
LynxASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Noch schlimmer als die Animation wiegt die miserable Steuerung, bei der man trotz des eingebauten Steuerkreuzes das Gefühl hat, eine schlecht installierte Maus zu bedienen. Schlickerfahrten und Crashs sind die Folge, das Einhalten des Zeitlimits ist folgerichtig nicht möglich. Schade drum: Hier wurde eine gute Chance vertan!
30
LynxAll Game Guide
Whatever Hard Drivin' is, it certainly isn't a realistic driving simulator. In real life, you don't collide with cars when you're a full car length away, and you don't bounce back a hundred feet or so when you crash into a car. Most of all, you never pass straight through another car. This game really isn't worth your time unless you're a diehard racing fan looking for a complete collection.
28
LynxneXGam
Versteht mich nicht falsch, auf den ersten Blick war ich wirklich begeistert und dachte schon daran, einen weiteren Tophit auf dem Lynx vor mir zu haben. Doch diese lieblose Konvertierung mit zahllosen dicken Schnitzern ist weit davon entfernt auf Atari's Handheld eine gute Figur zu machen. Der Rat kann daher nur lauten - Finger weg!
27
LynxST Format
The graphics are pretty, the idea's good, but it's all completely screwed up by the control system. Hard Drivin' is not a good game. Avoid like the plague.
20
Commodore 64Zzap!
About as much fun to drive as half a C5 with half a battery. Even the AA couldn't rescue this old wreck. That's all you need to know.
16
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
This archaic racer is barely playable today, but it was pretty amazing for its time. Hard Drivin' was the first arcade game with first-person, 3D polygon graphics, and it was released long before Virtua Racing took the arcades by storm. The game includes a standard race track and an elaborate "stunt" track, complete with a ramp, loop-to-loop, and banked turns. Just surviving the stunt course is a major challenge. But unlike Virtua Racing, Hard Drivin' has NOT aged well. Its framerate is agonizingly slow, and the cars look like ugly boxes. Sparse scenery includes streets signs, small buildings, and other traffic. An unnecessary instrument panel takes up a large chunk of the screen. At least the instant-replays are somewhat amusing. Hard Drivin' isn't very enjoyable, but it is interesting to see how racing games have evolved over the years.
6
LynxDefunct Games
Hard Drivin' is an understatement. Impossible Drivin' is more like it. This game is so bad that I can't bring myself to say anything more about it! In fact, this may very well be the worst Racing Game EVER. This is the complete opposite of Gran Turismo 3.