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Stunt Track Racer

Critic Score User Score
Amiga
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3.6
Amstrad CPC
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...
ZX Spectrum
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2.6
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Description

Race a single computer opponent for first place on a unique racetrack -- 100 feet in the air! You start in the fourth three-man division of a league, all racing each other twice, and must come top to progress. The action is viewed from within the car throughout the 3-lap races, with the distance between you always on screen.

Jump chasms, jumps, and drawbridges; take banks hard or slow; pass your opponent on the track or while catching mass air. Your car has the ability to burn a limited amount of turbo boost fuel as a way to accelerate faster and achieve higher speeds, but don't use it all up at once or you'll fall behind. Don't damage your engine too much; severe dents will show up during your next race.

Whatever you do, don't fall off the track, as this will cost you time as you are placed back on.

Screenshots

Stunt Track Racer ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Stunt Track Racer Amiga Crashed off the edge of platform.
Stunt Track Racer Amiga The stepping stones
Stunt Track Racer DOS Your opponent is in the lead

Alternate Titles

  • "טורבו - המירוץ בגבהים" -- Hewbrew spelling
  • "Stunt Car Racer" -- UK title

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User Reviews

Brilliant technical presentation on modest hardware. DOS Trixter (8724)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Aug, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Sep, 1990 93 out of 100 93
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Commodore User Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Power Play Atari ST Sep, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1989 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 8.25 out of 12 69
Power Play DOS Apr, 1990 65 out of 100 65

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Stunt Car Racer appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled sequel

In 2003 Geoff Crammond started the work on a sequel called Stunt Car Racer Pro, but after a long time without any news about the project, it was officially canned in February 2005.

Multiplayer

Stunt Car Racer could be played with two players using a serial connection between two machines. This also worked with different systems, so you could also connect an Amiga with an Atari ST, which was quite unusual at this time.

Programming

Even with it's (simple) 3D graphics and physics model, Stunt Track Racer runs at a decent clip on a 4.77MHz machine with CGA, and full speed on any machine 8MHz or faster. Extremely well-optimized programming!

While the CGA version of the game didn't do any speed checking and runs too fast on modern hardware, the EGA version was throttled by the EGA page-flipping, and runs perfectly on modern hardware.

References

Although it was almost a decade old at the time, Stunt Track Racer was remembered and mentioned as a comparison in CDMAG's review of Whiplash.

Awards

  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Racing Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #10 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • June 1991 (Issue 9) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Driving Games
    • March 1994 (Issue 42) Heaven – The Path to Righteousness: 20 Essential Games
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #48 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
    • October 1995 (Issue 61) – The Top Ten C64 Games of all Time
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Phil King)
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