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Pole Position

MobyRank MobyScore
Vectrex
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4.1
Intellivision
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3.6
DOS
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3.5

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 2 4.1
Atari 2600 7 3.6
Atari 5200 4 4.0
Atari 8-bit 6 3.9
BBC Micro 3 4.1
Commodore 64 9 3.3
DOS 8 3.5
Intellivision 4 3.6
TI-99/4A 4 3.4
Vectrex 6 4.1
VIC-20 3 4.1
ZX Spectrum 5 3.9
Combined MobyScore 61 3.7


The Press Says

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100
Atari 2600TeleMatch
Superlative sollte man gerade bei der Beurteilung von Videospielen möglichst meiden. In diesem Fall aber gibt es für mich keine Diskussion: Ein Spitzenspiel, ja, der Renner unter den Renn- bzw. Fahrspielen, das ist Pole Position.
95
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365
What then can be said? The game keeps score based on how far you go, so there's replay value in trying to beat your previous score. Even if the game didn't keep score, this game is good enough that it would be worth coming back to play occasionally on its merits alone. As an arcade port, this isn't the most creative game in the world, but a good game that's a port is easily better than a bad game that is overly creative. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. If you have an Atari 2600 and you don't have this game, shame on you. Get it immediately. You don't know what you're missing.
83
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic
Realistic sound effects include passing car engines and squealing tires. I like how the game keeps a running score at the top of the screen. This version of Pole Position is tougher than it looks. Try to reach 50,000 points and you'll see what I'm talking about.
80
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
The graphics really are very nice indeed, they might be a bit blockier than the arcade game and a bit less colourful but they look the part nonetheless. Atari also nailed the sound effects too as you hear the tires screech round every corner and the roar of the engines as you pass every car. One of the first truly great racing games Pole Position is a game that every self-respecting Atari 8-bit computer owner should have in their collection.
80
VectrexTeleMatch
Grafisch ist Pole Position auch in der Vectrex-Adaption beeindruckend. Gegen die Version spricht, daß es mit relativ wenig Fahrten nicht allzu schwer ist, hohe bzw. annähernd Höchst-Punktzahlen zu erzielen und fehlerfrei zu fahren. So erreichte ich (ich zähle mich weiß Gott nicht zu den extrem reaktionsschnellen Videospielern) nach insgesamt ein bis zwei Stunden „Fahrpraxis“ 74.950 Punkte. Viel mehr ist denn auch kaum, möglich, da nach vier Rennrunden alles vorbei ist. Schade! Insgesamt aber ein bemerkenswertes Spiel!
80
Atari 2600All Game Guide
Overall, Pole Position is the racing game all Atari 2600 owners should have. It is a true arcade classic.
80
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum
With the possible exception of Full Throttle, this has got to be the best racing game yet ... but it's far too expensive!
75
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic
This ancient racer really shows its age, but it still has charm. The dual buttons on each side of the 5200 controller are put to good use, as you're skillfully required to alternate between braking and accelerating to squeeze between other cars, especially on turns. The control is terrific, but the graphics are less than exciting. The illusion of speed is only fair, and the cars are very blocky. What's up with the blank signs on the side of the road? You get four tracks to choose from, although they all play pretty much the same. In order to qualify for each race, you need to complete a one-lap trial run. This lap is what determines your "pole position". The manual suggests using the track-ball controller, so I gave it a try. Steering isn't too bad, but switching gears using the keypad is awkward.
70
Commodore 64Zzap!
Instant appeal as you belt round the track. Always possible to improve your time and score. Aging idea but still the best race game money can buy.
67
VectrexThe Video Game Critic
Here's a racing game you might not expect to see on the Vectrex, but it plays surprisingly well. Your car looks very impressive, especially when it turns or explodes. Too bad the other cars look like total crap, looking like mere boxes in the road! The track itself conveys movement fairly well, although the only thing actually moving is the striped line in the center. The mountains in the background look fine, but the signs displaying odd symbols on the side of the road look silly. The game uses the first two buttons to shift, and the others to accelerate. The precise control makes it easy to weave through traffic. Pole Position has the same musical tunes as the arcade version, and the engine sound effects are pretty good also. This is a nice change of pace from all the shooters on this system.
67
Atari 8-bitMicro 7
La simulation de grands Prix automobile que l'on attendait. Enterre tout ce qu'on avait vu jusqu'à présent dans ce domaine. Trois circuits pour la course, un pour s'entraîner; On s'habitue au bout d'un moment à conduire avec un joystick.
60
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Oh no! Not another racing car game! Despite Pole Position being a direct descendant of the famous arcade game it is still hard not to be cynical. The game begins with a qualifying lap to determine which one of the eight grid positions you take for the race. Score, time left, speed, gears and laps completed, are displayed throughout the trial and race.
55
Commodore 64Commodore Force
'Prepare to qualify'. Ah, who can forget those immortal words, uttered so seductively when you put 10 pee in the slot? Gone are her sultry tones, and all that remains is a characterless and aging drive-em-up.
40
Atari 8-bitPower Play
Vor drei oder vier Jahren hätte ich Pole Position noch als gutes Spiel bezeichnet (damals ist es übrigens zum ersten Mal veröffentlicht worden). Wenn man es mit neueren Renn-Simulationen vergleicht, werden die Unterschiede offensichtlich. Das soll aber nicht heißen, daß Pole Position überhaupt nichts taugt. Als Autorennen an sich weiß es durchaus zugefallen, obwohl die Grafik teilweise recht bescheiden ist. Es spielt sich halt ganz nett. Da die XE-Besitzer keine Alternative haben, müssen sich Fans von Autorenn-Spielen mit Pole Position begnügen. Mit dem Spielwert des knapp 40 Mark teuren Moduls kann man zufrieden sein.