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Pole Position

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Intellivision
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TI-99/4A
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3.4
Atari 2600
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Description

Pole Position is a Formula 1 racing game. Enter the Grand Prix, race against other racing cars to achieve the highest score possible in the shortest amount of time.

Before the player can enter the Grand Prix, the player must first qualify by competing in the Qualifying Lap within 73 seconds or less. If the player however, does not qualify in the Qualifying Lap, the player may continue to race until the Race Timer runs after 90 seconds. The player will score 50 point per 5 meters and additionally 50 points for every racing car passed. When the time runs out - Game Over. The player will have to restart the Qualifying Lap.

Qualifying will enable the player to start in one of the eight available positions. The faster the lap time was, the better the starting position in addition to bonus score points. The number one starting position, is the Pole Position.

During the Grand Prix, the player will compete against the Race Timer as well as against other racing cars. If the player fails to beat the Race Timer in any lap, the player drops out of the race - Game Over. Completing the race by reaching finishing line will grant the player 200 points per each second left on the Race Timer, bonus score for distance covered, and passing bonus points.

Scoring
  • Every 5 meters driven: 50 points
  • Passing Car Bonus: 50 points per racing car
  • Time Bonus: 200 points per second left on the Race Timer
Positions
  • Pole Position - Lap Time: 58"50 seconds - 4,000 points
  • 2nd Position - Lap Time: 60"00 seconds - 2,000 points
  • 3rd Position - Lap Time: 62"00 seconds - 1,400 points
  • 4th Position - Lap Time: 64"00 seconds - 1,000 points
  • 5th Position - Lap Time: 66"00 seconds - 800 points
  • 6th Position - Lap Time: 68"00 seconds - 600 points
  • 7th Position - Lap Time: 70"00 seconds - 400 points
  • 8th Position - Lap Time: 73"00 seconds - 200 points

Screenshots

Pole Position ZX Spectrum The main menu
Pole Position DOS Game Over (CGA)
Pole Position DOS Prepare to qualify!
Pole Position Vectrex Prepare to qualify!

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The Press Says

TeleMatch Atari 2600 Sep, 1983 1 out of 6 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Dec 11, 2002 B+ 83
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Apr, 1985 12 out of 15 80
TeleMatch Vectrex Feb, 1984 2 out of 6 80
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1985 70 out of 100 70
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1985 3 out of 5 60
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 55 out of 100 55
Power Play Atari 8-bit Dec, 1987 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Cartoon

Pole Position was popular enough to have a Saturday morning TV cartoon based on it in the early 1980's.

References to the game

  • The game is referenced in the movie The Goonies. When the kids discover One-Eyed Willies' treasure map, Chunk (Jeff Cohen) notices the date, 1632, and asks if it was a year. At that point, Mouth (Corey Feldman) tells him, "No, it's your top score in Pole Position".
  • Pole Position is briefly featured in the 1984 Swedish comedy film Jönssonligan får guldfeber (The Jönsson Gang Gets Gold Fever) along with another classic, Video Olympics. At the beginning of the movie, the game is played on a pocket TV. Later it is mistaken for Sweden's "general plan" chip and can be seen running on what appears to be a Casio FP-1000/1100 personal computer.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #10 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64 and Atari versions)
  • TeleMatch
    • Issue 04/1984 - Video Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 04/1984 - #2 Computer Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 04/1984 - Arcade Game of the Year 1983 (Readers' Vote)
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