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Your planet is doomed, and there is only one remaining seat on the spaceship leading citizens to safety. This will go to the winner of a sequences of races held within this futuristic world.

Viewed from above and behind the car, the game boasted a lot of technologically advanced features. Computer AI adjusted to your style of driving whilst in progress. It was the first game to use MMX technology, and the first to support 3D acceleration straight from the box. It also had a range of multiplayer options including networks and split-screen, and an online internet server to automatically match player.


POD Windows Far view, after crashing through barrels
POD Windows Main Menu
POD Windows Big Jump
POD Windows Near view, around the corner

Promo Images

POD Screenshot
POD Screenshot
POD Screenshot
POD Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "生死赛车" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "POD: Planet of Death" -- European title

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User Reviews

Excellent arcade racing game Iggi (8774) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Major milestone in the introduction of hardware-accelerated gaming Zzap (41) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game just plain sucks. Tomer Gabel (4354) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
A big disappointment. Trixter (8785) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine May, 1997 92 out of 100 92
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1997 89 out of 100 89 1997 85 out of 100 85
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B 75
Gamezilla 1997 75 out of 100 75
Privat Computer PC 1997 73 out of 100 73
Edge Apr, 1997 5 out of 10 50


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Graphic cards

POD was one of the first games optimized for graphic cards with a 3dfx chipset using the Glide API. With support only for the 3dfx Voodoo 1 chipset at first. Ubisoft later released patches to support the Voodoo 2 using the Glide API and non-3dfx chipsets via Direct3D.


The box prominently states that POD was the first game ever to support the new MMX instructions on Pentium II and late-model Pentium processors. In reality, the only thing POD uses them for is stereo and Dolby sound effects--very odd, given that there was a world of optimization possible in the 3D rendering area.

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Related Web Sites

  • POD (official website)
  • POD Official UBI Site (Official POD website, available on five languages. All the extra tracks to download, new cars, statistics and a lot of information.)
  • POD PhReAk (Car and track downloads, Windows XP compatibility patches)
  • Podtek (Instructions about instalation, common problems, how to get new cars and/or new tracks etc.)
robotriot (8626) added POD (Windows) on Jan 02, 2000