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Prepare to qualify! Atari 8-bit jose vargas (23)

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Platform Votes Score
Arcade 7 3.7
Atari 2600 12 3.4
Atari 5200 6 3.8
Atari 8-bit 7 3.9
BBC Micro Awaiting 5 votes...
Commodore 64 10 3.3
DOS 8 3.5
Intellivision 5 3.5
TI-99/4A Awaiting 5 votes...
Vectrex 6 4.1
VIC-20 Awaiting 5 votes...
ZX Spectrum 6 4.0
Combined User Score 67 3.6

Critic Reviews

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When an arcade game is translated to a home game system certain compromises must be made. Raster scan technology, for example, disallows the superlative color graphics of a coin-op game on a home TV set. Personally. I require arcade to home translations to be true to the spirit, if not the letter of its inspiration. This home version of Pole Position sets a new standard for coin-op translations. In every respect it's as good as its coin-op counterpart and in some, even better.
Atari 8-bitComputer Games (Apr, 1984)
The crashes are not very frightening and it's a little hard to get back on the track after a collision, but in general Atari has done a remarkable job in bringing the arcade game home. If you love to drive, or even if you don't have your license yet, you should really own this cartridge. It makes all other driving games, including Turbo, obsolete.
Atari 2600TeleMatch (Sep, 1983)
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.
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365 (2002)
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.
Atari 2600The Atari Times (Aug 04, 2003)
All in all, this is a respectable port of an arcade title, and is well worth adding to your collection. The only major problem with this title is that it's a bit one-dimensional, thus diminishing it's replay value. However, that was the case with the arcade title, too.
ArcadeThe Atari Times (Jun 04, 2014)
So, it's been nice to get reacquainted with this classic and give it it's due, even though I'll never earn any racing money from it in real life. Or get to smooze with some bikini-clad lady giving me my racing trophy for doing well after a race. Ah crud...
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Dec 11, 2002)
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.
Atari 2600neXGam (Jan 31, 2017)
Viele werden Pole Position auf dem Atari 2600 bereits kennen, lag es doch vielen Junior Konsolen bei. Eine gute Wahl von Atari. Durch die relativ kurze Spielzeit von etwa 5 Minuten eignet sich das Game vor allem zur Highscorejagd in der (Retro-)Freundesrunde. Auch so genehmigt man sich des Öfteren mal ein Spielchen, denn Spaß bereitet es immer wieder!
Atari 2600VideoGame (May, 1991)
No comando de um bólido de fórmula 1, seu objetivo é, à medida em que vai ultrapassando carros, fazer o percurso de cinco etapas no menor tempo possível.
Atari 2600Atari HQ (2001)
In the 2600 racing game sweepstakes, Activision's fabulous Enduro takes the checkered flag. However, for fans of the arcade game, Pole Position comes in a close second. A top-notch conversion that is guaranteed to satisfy.
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.
VectrexTeleMatch (Feb, 1984)
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!
Atari 2600All Game Guide (1998)
Overall, Pole Position is the racing game all Atari 2600 owners should have. It is a true arcade classic.
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum (Apr, 1985)
With the possible exception of Full Throttle, this has got to be the best racing game yet ... but it's far too expensive!
Atari 2600Woodgrain Wonderland (Sep 27, 2017)
There’s no doubt that Atari did a heck of a job adapting Pole Position to the 2600, and if you like racing games there’s no doubt you should play it because – Turbo excepted – the history of racing games as we know them pretty much started here. However, if I haven’t made it abundantly clear already, I’ll take Enduro over it.
This Pole Position is good— very good— but it's not all that it claims to be. Although there are four courses, they are all the same. You're never shown an overhead view of the tracks. Playing each of them you'll find the same billboards and curves on every one. That sham aside, the game plays and looks almost exactly like the 5200 cart, which is a stripped-down version of the arcade.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic (Oct 05, 2000)
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.
Commodore 64Zzap! (May, 1985)
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.
ZX SpectrumCrash! (Jan, 1985)
Overall, quite a good race track game, but spoiled by the exceptionally high price tag - still, at least isn't the £15 we originally feared it would be.
VectrexThe Video Game Critic (Sep 02, 2001)
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.
Atari 8-bitMicro 7 (Jan, 1984)
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.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Nov, 1985)
Although it's THE official version of one of the most played arcade games it's now rather dated and there are some much better games out on the market.
VectrexRetro Game Reviews (May 20, 2015)
Pole Position is fun for a short while but ultimately it leaves you wanting more. While it was a massive influence on the genre (and rightfully so) it unfortunately hasn't aged as well as some other racing games like Turbo (1982, Colecovision).
Commodore 64Info (Mar, 1985)
A big hit in the arcades, the magic has not been translated well for the 64 with Pole Position. Chunky graphics and animation, added to unsophisticated sound effects and unconvincing joystick response, make this racing game seem like an amateur effort from the grandaddy of video gaming. Pole Position might have looked better if it weren't for the striking contrast to Pitstop II (right). If you want a really hot racing game, you won't find it here.
ZX SpectrumZX Computing (Oct, 1985)
It Is hard to say why, but I wasn't too excited by this program. All the arcade features are there, but going round and round the track didn't seem too challenging - OK, I had my share of crashes, but I couldn't maintain a lasting interest. If you are a fan of the arcade version then this will be a must for you, I suspect most Spectrum gamers will find there is not enough variation in the gameplay to keep them engrossed for long.
60 (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
It's a simulation down to the core: those dedicated will eventually reap success but most will be deterred by the difficulty. Its influence on the racing genre can't be disputed, as without Pole Position it is unlikely that many arcade racers we cherish today would even exist, but today it feels rather joyless and unfair. The vintage motor is still worth taking for a spin, but don't expect it to recapture that spark you remember.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
Overall, that's why I really can't give this game a high rating despite its place in the gaming pantheon. Yes, it deserves to be called a classic because it entered new technological territory, but I don't think you'll find many gamers who love to play it repeatedly.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User (Oct, 1985)
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.
Commodore 64Commodore Force (Aug, 1993)
'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.
Giving due credit to the company, Atari has closely duplicated the sounds (minus the speech, of course) of the original coin-op and the background terrain does move convincingly past the racer. Unfortunately, sound and half-good graphics minus most of the play features that made the coin-op a success equals a cartridge that's less than desirable.
Atari 8-bitPower Play (Dec, 1987)
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.
Atari 8-bitHappy Computer (Nov, 1983)
Dieses Programm besticht nicht nur durch seine exzellente Grafik, sondern auch durch das für Computerspiele außergewöhnlich exakt simulierte Fahrverhalten des Formel 1 Boliden.