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Hard Drivin'

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Amiga version

Hard Drivin' Amiga Title screen

Title screen

Hard Drivin' Amiga Main menu

Main menu

Hard Drivin' Amiga Race options

Race options

Hard Drivin' Amiga Start

Start

Hard Drivin' Amiga Racing

Racing

Hard Drivin' Amiga Qualified for Championship

Qualified for Championship


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Amstrad CPC version

Hard Drivin' Amstrad CPC Title screen and map

Title screen and map

Hard Drivin' Amstrad CPC Automatic transmission or stick shift?

Automatic transmission or stick shift?

Hard Drivin' Amstrad CPC And they're off!

And they're off!

Hard Drivin' Amstrad CPC Driving down the road.

Driving down the road.

Hard Drivin' Amstrad CPC CRASH!

CRASH!


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Arcade version

Hard Drivin' Arcade Title Screen.

Title Screen.

Hard Drivin' Arcade Transmission Selection.

Transmission Selection.

Hard Drivin' Arcade Let's Go.

Let's Go.

Hard Drivin' Arcade Crash Replay.

Crash Replay.

Hard Drivin' Arcade Staright on or turn right?

Staright on or turn right?


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Atari ST version

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Title screen

Title screen

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Map of the track

Map of the track

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Select transmission type

Select transmission type

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Get ready to race

Get ready to race

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Oncoming traffic

Oncoming traffic

Hard Drivin' Atari ST He hit me! (OK, I was driving on the wrong side of the road)

He hit me! (OK, I was driving on the wrong side of the road)

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Replay of the crash

Replay of the crash

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Passing under a stunt bridge

Passing under a stunt bridge

Hard Drivin' Atari ST Time's up. Game over

Time's up. Game over


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Commodore 64 version

Hard Drivin' Commodore 64 Title screen

Title screen

Hard Drivin' Commodore 64 Choose a transmission type

Choose a transmission type

Hard Drivin' Commodore 64 Starting a race

Starting a race

Hard Drivin' Commodore 64 Watch out for oncoming traffic

Watch out for oncoming traffic

Hard Drivin' Commodore 64 A loop ahead of you

A loop ahead of you

Hard Drivin' Commodore 64 Heading towards a bridge

Heading towards a bridge

Hard Drivin' Commodore 64 A crash!

A crash!


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DOS version

Hard Drivin' DOS title screen - VGA

title screen - VGA

Hard Drivin' DOS an overview of the track - VGA

an overview of the track - VGA

Hard Drivin' DOS about to pass an oponent - VGA

about to pass an oponent - VGA

Hard Drivin' DOS the drawbridge on the stunt track - VGA

the drawbridge on the stunt track - VGA

Hard Drivin' DOS choose a transmission type - EGA

choose a transmission type - EGA

Hard Drivin' DOS choose which track to drive on - EGA

choose which track to drive on - EGA

Hard Drivin' DOS jumping over the drawbridge - EGA

jumping over the drawbridge - EGA

Hard Drivin' DOS instant replay of a crash - EGA

instant replay of a crash - EGA

Hard Drivin' DOS title screen - CGA

title screen - CGA

Hard Drivin' DOS cars blend into the background with 4 colors - CGA

cars blend into the background with 4 colors - CGA

Hard Drivin' DOS instant replay of a jump - CGA

instant replay of a jump - CGA

Hard Drivin' DOS a miscalculated stunt - CGA

a miscalculated stunt - CGA

Hard Drivin' DOS Title screen - Hercules Monochrome

Title screen - Hercules Monochrome

Hard Drivin' DOS See a map of the racetrack - Hercules Monochrome

See a map of the racetrack - Hercules Monochrome

Hard Drivin' DOS Choose a transmission type - Hercules Monochrome

Choose a transmission type - Hercules Monochrome

Hard Drivin' DOS Starting a race - Hercules Monochrome

Starting a race - Hercules Monochrome


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Genesis version

Hard Drivin' Genesis Title screen

Title screen

Hard Drivin' Genesis Main menu

Main menu

Hard Drivin' Genesis Choosing auto or manual speed controls

Choosing auto or manual speed controls

Hard Drivin' Genesis Getting started...

Getting started...

Hard Drivin' Genesis Crash!

Crash!

Hard Drivin' Genesis Off road

Off road

Hard Drivin' Genesis Mountains ahead...

Mountains ahead...

Hard Drivin' Genesis Aaaaaaaaaaa!

Aaaaaaaaaaa!

Hard Drivin' Genesis Trying to slow down...

Trying to slow down...

Hard Drivin' Genesis Stunt driving, indeed...

Stunt driving, indeed...

Hard Drivin' Genesis High scores

High scores

Hard Drivin' Genesis Instant replay

Instant replay

Hard Drivin' Genesis Stunt road is ahead, but you are on the speed way!

Stunt road is ahead, but you are on the speed way!

Hard Drivin' Genesis Checkpoint

Checkpoint

Hard Drivin' Genesis Finish...

Finish...


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Lynx version

Hard Drivin' Lynx Title Screen

Title Screen

Hard Drivin' Lynx Choose between manual or automatic gears

Choose between manual or automatic gears

Hard Drivin' Lynx Drive straight on for speed or next right for a stunt challenge

Drive straight on for speed or next right for a stunt challenge

Hard Drivin' Lynx When you drive on the grass you get 10 seconds to get off it before you are automatically placed back on the track

When you drive on the grass you get 10 seconds to get off it before you are automatically placed back on the track

Hard Drivin' Lynx Hitting buildings bounces you back and cracks the windscreen

Hitting buildings bounces you back and cracks the windscreen

Hard Drivin' Lynx When you crash you see an instant replay but from a 3rd person perspective

When you crash you see an instant replay but from a 3rd person perspective

Hard Drivin' Lynx A replay of a head on collision with another car

A replay of a head on collision with another car

Hard Drivin' Lynx The loop the loop in all its glory

The loop the loop in all its glory

Hard Drivin' Lynx Time waits for no man

Time waits for no man

Hard Drivin' Lynx You can see how far you got around the track after a race

You can see how far you got around the track after a race


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ZX Spectrum version

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum The game loads very quickly. This is the first screen that the player sees

The game loads very quickly. This is the first screen that the player sees

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum Then comes the game's main menu

Then comes the game's main menu

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum This is an indication that the player is expected to drive correctly, well reasonably so

This is an indication that the player is expected to drive correctly, well reasonably so

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum This is saying what a revolutionary simulation the game is, I think. Shame that after all the work of developing the game he writing is so hard to read.

This is saying what a revolutionary simulation the game is, I think. Shame that after all the work of developing the game he writing is so hard to read.

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum The start of the game. The car goes no-where unless the key in the ignition is turned. Cue much reaching for the manual and frustrated hitting of keys

The start of the game. The car goes no-where unless the key in the ignition is turned. Cue much reaching for the manual and frustrated hitting of keys

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum When the ignition has been started the game wants to know if the player prefers a manual or an automatic gear shift.

When the ignition has been started the game wants to know if the player prefers a manual or an automatic gear shift.

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum Then we're back to turning the key again. 2:00 minutes to complete the circuit

Then we're back to turning the key again. 2:00 minutes to complete the circuit

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum This is an unforgiving game. Three seconds in and the car's been in a crash

This is an unforgiving game. Three seconds in and the car's been in a crash

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum The instant replay almost gloatingly shows a shunt from behind

The instant replay almost gloatingly shows a shunt from behind

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum Initially steering with the joystick proved hard. When the car goes off road a ten second countdown starts

Initially steering with the joystick proved hard. When the car goes off road a ten second countdown starts

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum The instant replay shows the car explode when the ten seconds was up, even though the car had made it back onto the road. This is a tough game.

The instant replay shows the car explode when the ten seconds was up, even though the car had made it back onto the road. This is a tough game.

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum Some times the car was too responsive, others just not responsive enough, or could it be that I'm rubbish at driving games?

Some times the car was too responsive, others just not responsive enough, or could it be that I'm rubbish at driving games?

Hard Drivin' ZX Spectrum The game seems to class this as being off road too

The game seems to class this as being off road too