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POD (Windows)

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Description

Your planet is doomed, and there is only one remaining seat on the spaceship leading citizens to safety. This will go to the winner of a sequences of races held within this futuristic world.

Viewed from above and behind the car, the game boasted a lot of technologically advanced features. Computer AI adjusted to your style of driving whilst in progress. It was the first game to use MMX technology, and the first to support 3D acceleration straight from the box. It also had a range of multiplayer options including networks and split-screen, and an online internet server to automatically match player.

Screenshots

POD Windows Far view, after crashing through barrels
POD Windows Big Jump
POD Windows At the starting line, in-car view.
POD Windows Near view, around the corner

Alternate Titles

  • "POD: Planet of Death" -- European title

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User Reviews

Excellent arcade racing game Iggi (4605) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Major milestone in the introduction of hardware-accelerated gaming Zzap (43) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game just plain sucks. Tomer Gabel (4388) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
A big disappointment. Trixter (8734) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

The Press Says

Electric Games 1997 94 out of 100 94
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 1998 78 out of 100 78
Game.EXE Mar, 1997 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot Apr 17, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
Privat Computer PC 1997 73 out of 100 73
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

The box prominently states that POD was the first game ever to support the new MMX instructions on Pentium II and late-model Pentium processors. In reality, the only thing POD uses them for is stereo and Dolby sound effects--very odd, given that there was a world of optimization possible in the 3D rendering area.

Related Web Sites

  • POD (official website)
  • POD Official UBI Site (Official POD website, available on five languages. All the extra tracks to download, new cars, statistics and a lot of information.)
  • POD PhReAk (Car and track downloads, Windows XP compatibility patches)
  • Podtek (Instructions about instalation, common problems, how to get new cars and/or new tracks etc.)
robotriot (8637) added POD (Windows) on Jan 02, 2000