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Description

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.

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Hot Rod Arcade Lose gas if you fall behind.
Hot Rod Commodore 64 Intro
Hot Rod Atari ST Finished 2nd
Hot Rod Atari ST Ready to go

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Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Amiga Apr, 1990 75 out of 100 75
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 73 out of 100 73
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 70 out of 100 70
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST May, 1990 70 out of 100 70
CU Amiga Amiga May, 1990 63 out of 100 63
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1990 52 out of 100 52
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1990 51 out of 100 51
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1990 4.8 out of 12 40

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