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Power Drift

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Ever wanted to race dune buggies at high speed on a variety of tracks? Power Drift is an arcade racer that gives you the chance to do just that.

There are 5 tracks to choose from, each with 5 stages. The stages range from cities, to deserts to tracks over water. There are also 12 drivers to pick from, from businessmen to skinheads and mohicans.

Your buggy has 2 gears, high and low. Once the light goes green, just keep the pedal to the metal. You’ll need to place third or higher to continue to the next stage. Be careful not to bump into other buggies or objects next to the road. While you’re buggy can take a pounding, crashing will slow you down.

Finish all 5 stages in a level and you’ll be presented with a bonus level.


Power Drift TurboGrafx-16 Stage 6
Power Drift ZX Spectrum Over the hill.
Power Drift Amstrad CPC Got 2nd place, with bonus points being assigned
Power Drift DOS Taking a corner, eat my dust!

User Reviews

Perhaps the CPC's greatest racing game Amstrad CPC Martin Smith (63068)
Nice game for PC-Engine consoles! TurboGrafx-16 Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (86)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 1989 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Action Amiga Dec, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 81 out of 100 81
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 1989 725 out of 1000 72
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Aug, 1990 59 out of 100 59
Tilt DOS Sep, 1990 7 out of 20 35


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Power Drift appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Technical specs of the Amiga and Atari ST version

The Amiga and Atari ST version run at six to seven frames per second - having no special chips for sprite scaling like the original arcade, that is not surprising. Also, the "tilt" effect of the arcade (small rotation left and right) was removed as it would require too much additional data for the limited home computer machines. Up to 50 sprites were handled. The scaled sprites were drawn in highest visible resolution, scaled automatically, but then manually corrected for optimal display quality. On the Atari ST, the blitter chip is used if present (introduced with the Mega ST series), which makes this one of the rare games using that chip (as the most widespread ST models didn't feature it). Having more than 512KB Ram, the loading times are reduced, as the graphic is buffered in the extra Ram.
Contributed to by FatherJack (57851), Kabushi (132976), Iggi (5840), Martin Smith (63068), Macintrash (2495), koffiepad (10002) and *Katakis* (37874)