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Interstate '76 (Windows)

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Description

In a dark alternate vision of 1976, the Federal U.S. Government has faltered and the world suffers from the effects of an oil crisis. Armed gangs terrorize the roads of the American South West. You are Groove Champion - when your sister Jade is killed you inherit her custom-built Picard Piranha and become a vigilante, with only revenge on your mind.

Interstate '76 is a vehicular combat game with a 1970s theme which means muscle cars & funky disco music. Hit the road and seek the killer of Groove's sister in 17 scripted missions across open-ended trackless areas, or battle creepers in the instant melee mode, against up to 7 other human players. The player can equip their car with different weapons, like machine guns, turrets, grenade launchers and mines. Although the game world is not intended to be realistic, the car handling and collision physics are.

Screenshots

Interstate '76 Windows About to kill a Creeper in an ABX Strider defending the Bar-D in scene 3 of "The Trip"
Interstate '76 Windows Taurus left for dead in his Jefferson Sovereign, called Eloise, by Antonio Malochio. Guess who's job it is to save the day?
Interstate '76 Windows Following Taurus (the trip) in hacked Phaedra Clydesdale (see tips)!!
Interstate '76 Windows Up close with a Creeper in a Courcheval Courchelle during one of the instant action missions

Alternate Titles

  • "Interestadual 76" -- Brazilian title
  • "I76" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

This is one helluvah game! You dig? Roedie (5226) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Get with the funk Julian McKenzie (159) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Original presentation AND high quality Tony Van (2688) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
More fun than John Travolta in a gorilla cage! Les Nessman (263) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Out of sight. This game grooves, man. Steelysama (106) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Gamezilla May 25, 2000 92 out of 100 92
Freak Apr, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Privat Computer PC 1997 86 out of 100 86
Power Play May, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) May, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) May, 1997 84 out of 100 84
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Game Revolution Apr, 1997 B+ 83
Edge May, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jun 17, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Interstate '76 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cars

The cars that appear in Interstate '76 are all based on real cars (of course the names had to be changed because of copyright/trademark issues):
  • Courcheval Cavera - Chevrolet Camaro.
  • Courcheval Courchelle - Chevrolet Chevelle.
  • Courcheval Manta - Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
  • Courcheval Royale - Chevrolet Caprice.
  • ABX AMZ - AMC Javelin AMX.
  • ABX Leprechaun - AMC Gremlin.
  • Dover Lightning - Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger.
  • Picard Jackrabbit - Plymouth Superbird.
  • Picard Piranha - Plymouth Barracuda.
  • Phaedra Palomino - Ford Mustang.
  • Phaedra Pony - Ford Pinto.
  • Phaedra Clydesdale - Ford Bronco.
  • Phaedra Rattler - Shelby Cobra.
  • Phaedra Coupe - Ford Coupe (Street Rod).
  • Glenn Inc. Bushmaster - Jeep.
  • Jefferson Sovereign - Lincoln Continental.
  • Vikea 420 Wagon - Volvo 420 GL.
  • Moth Truck - Mack Truck.

Contest

To promote the game Activision made what has to be the most extravagant videogame contest ever: Purchasing specially marked boxes at Electronics Boutique gave you the chance to enter a sweepstakes were you could actually win the official Interstate '76 car! (the blue muscle car in the game's cover). 50 3rd prize winners would get the soundtrack, 25 2nd prize winners would get a CGW "prize package" and 25 first prize winners would get a Sidewinder 3D pro joystick, BUT if you found a golden key in your game box, then you could visit the Activision HQ along two other contestants, have dinner with the production team at Hard Rock cafe, visit Universal Studios, etc.

Cutscenes

It is a common misconception that the cinematic cutscenes are performed in realtime by the 3D engine of the game. Although they use solid-filled polygons and low-vertex models, they are pre-rendered and compressed with the Cinepak codec. They are not rendered in realtime. The blocky appearance of the cutscenes is intentional.

Gold Edition

There is actually a Interstate '76 (Gold Edition), which is the game with GLIDE and Rendition 3D support. However, the name was later reused to re-release The Interstate '76 Arsenal.

References

One type of wheels you can put under your car is the 15 inch Krager. A reference to the producer of this game; Scott Krager.

Soundtrack

For Interstate '76's soundtrack Kelly Rogers, director of music production at Activision, recruited among others songwriter and former Santana keyboardist Tom Coaster as well as Third Eye Blind's Arion Salazar.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1998 (Issue #164) – Artistic Achievement of the Year
    • May 2005 (Issue #251) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #83 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1998 - Best Atmosphere in 1997
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1998 – Best Racing Game in 1997
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang, Roedie and Zovni

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robotriot (8637) added Interstate '76 (Windows) on Nov 01, 1999