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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.

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Powerdrome Atari ST Starting row of track 2
Powerdrome Atari ST Chicanery
Powerdrome DOS Go!
Powerdrome Atari ST Better turn a bit more sharply

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Critic Reviews

ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Dec, 1988 95 out of 100 95
Zzap! Amiga Jun, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1989 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jul, 1990 900 out of 1000 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS May, 1990 10.25 out of 12 85
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Commodore User Amiga Jun, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Compute's Amiga Resource Amiga Feb, 1990 15 out of 20 75
Power Play DOS Jun, 1990 73 out of 100 73
The One Atari ST Dec, 1988 70 out of 100 70

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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 (66803) and Terok Nor (25958)