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Hot Rod

Hot Rod Atari ST Loading screen


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Hot Rod is a top-view racing game influenced by Super Sprint, in which three miniature cars race to complete a race as quickly as possible, by rotating, accelerating and braking at the right moments. You start with limited fuel, but more can be collected as you cover the track. Hitting hazards can cause your car to explode, thus costing time as it is replaced.

Unusually the racetracks are linear rather than lap-based, so each round involves covering a section of track once. After each race, you can purchase upgrades at the shop, depending on how much money you earned in the previous race.

Only part of the circuit is shown at a time, and this scrolls following the leader. If you fail to keep up with this, your car is moved forward on the track, with a penalty fuel deduction. This is slightly similar to the system later used in head-to-head games of Micro Machines, and is especially punishing while you are on roads travelling horizontally and the leading CPU car is travelling vertically, as it makes the margin for error much smaller.


Hot Rod Arcade Round the bends.
Hot Rod Atari ST Off the road
Hot Rod Atari ST Circuit 2 adds diagonally-viewed straightaways
Hot Rod Arcade Lose gas if you fall behind.

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The Press Says

Génération 4 Atari ST Apr, 1990 75 out of 100 75
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Format Amiga Jun, 1990 66 out of 100 66
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Power Play Arcade Sep, 1988 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1990 52 out of 100 52
Zzap! Amiga Jun, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1990 51 out of 100 51
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum May, 1990 40 out of 100 40


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