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The Powerdrome racing series is now into its 24th year of high-speed high-octane action. Why race on flat 2D circuits when you can charge through a multi-textured half-pipe in small aircraft? Typhoon Racing have taken up the challenge, and entered you in their machine.

There are 6 different circuits, with hazards including chicanes, tunnels and crusher gates. Shading to the sections marks out whether a corner or dive is coming up. There are 5 computer opponents to race against in one player mode, while a data link cable allows 2-player games.

Each planet has its own atmosphere, and your machine's filters will need to be set to take account of this. Rain on some circuits necessitates a pitstop for a changeover. You are armed with afterburners, which can provide a speed use in open air but should not be overused. The Amiga version allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the controls - either way, joystick is easier to use but mouse is seen as ultimately being faster.

Screenshots

Powerdrome Atari ST Details of a more advanced course
Powerdrome DOS Title screen
Powerdrome DOS Go!
Powerdrome Atari ST Starting row of track 2

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Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 95 out of 100 95
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1988 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Dec, 1988 925 out of 1000 92
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Atari ST User Atari ST Jan, 1989 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jul, 1990 900 out of 1000 90
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Dec, 1990 76 out of 100 76
Compute's Amiga Resource Amiga Feb, 1990 15 out of 20 75
Power Play DOS Jun, 1990 73 out of 100 73

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Trivia

Delay

The release of the game was delayed for a few months because Michael Powell had a serious driving accident with his motorcycle.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year

Contributed to by Martin Smith (62806) and Terok Nor (23935)