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Stunt Track Racer

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
87
...
Amstrad CPC
...
2.7
Atari ST
85
3.5
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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 Atari ST Getting close
Stunt Track Racer Commodore 64 This does not look good!
Stunt Track Racer Commodore 64 The Stepping Stones - accurate jumping required.
Stunt Track Racer Amiga And then dropped into starting position

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 (8731)

The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 941 out of 1000 94
Zzap! Amiga Dec, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Commodore User Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Tilt DOS Mar, 1990 16 out of 20 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 9.6 out of 12 80
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1989 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1989 8.6 out of 12 72
PC Player (Germany) DOS Sep, 1994 61 out of 100 61

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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
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Phil King)
Information also contributed by GP4Flo

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