Street Rod

aka: SR
Moby ID: 434
DOS Specs
Add-on (official)

Description

The year is 1963 and you're one of the hotshots aspiring to be king of the county. You're given a small sum of money to buy your first car. Tune it for maximum performance and off you go. In the diner where other hotshots are waiting to take your prized possession, you race for money and pink slips and if you win, you get to take home their cars!

The game's interface is relatively easy and fun to use. You have your own garage as the interface itself. Options are in the form of the garage's elements such as the clock for the game's main menu and the newspaper as your source for buying cars and parts. Add to that a third person with an attitude that talks to you as you play. It's really a neat idea by which up to now, no other racing games have that style. You feel that you're living in a virtual world as opposed to just going from menu to menu. Another realistic part is the ability for you to sell your car and haggle.

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Manual written by
Development and Programming by
  • P.Z.Karen Co. Development Group
Original Concept Developed by
  • Magic Partners

Reviews

Critics

Average score: 65% (based on 5 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 34 ratings with 2 reviews)

Hardcore race gamers need not apply.

The Good
I find the idea of slowly building your own classic hot rod from scratch to be quite fun. There are lots of interesting cars to choose from, and the speed difference after buying a new car or dropping in a better part is noticeable and exciting for a while. The early '60s feel is also fun and different. The interface and lack of complexity are such that you don't need to know a lot about cars to understand the full extent of the game. The two race types aren't terribly difficult, but they provide adequate challenge at first. And let's face it - who wouldn't like to own a brand spanking new 1963 'Vette?

The Bad
The game is far too short and easy. Once you've beaten it, there is no real reason to come back. There are far too few customization options, and the race types are quite easy after a few times going through them. It is possible to own the game's best car with all of the best parts after only a few races.

The Bottom Line
Street Rod is entertaining, but it won't keep you coming back. Its simplicity makes it fun after only a few minutes of learning, but unfortunately there isn't anywhere to go from there. All the same, it is worth your while to pick this game up if you see it. Just don't expect more than a few hours of value.

DOS · by Eurythmic (2663) · 1999

Great old cars in a great game

The Good
The first thing I liked about this game is those old cars. I simply love them... Not so many racing games allow you to race with those beauties . But thats not all ! You can mess in their parts (You can buy a stronger engine ,better transmission,chop the roof and many more!). Your task is to beat the "King of the road" in a long and in a short race. And thats all. Being honest ,the graphics and music are so-so ,but the game itself is just swell!!!

The Bad
I didn`t like the AI of the rivals ,they always have non-modified cars :(

The Bottom Line
A really unique racing game. If you love old cars ,then you must try it !!

DOS · by Jedrek Paszak (7) · 2004

Trivia

Version differences

The game was published on three different platforms and there are some game elements that are also different on each of them. * Commodore 64 version does not contain "cruising cutscene" when the player drives to the restaurant to look for some opponents, to the gas station or back to the garage * Each version has a different way of presentation of the engine tuning. The simplest one is in the Amiga version with just an orange bar which the player slides left or right on the green slider in order to place it where the marker is. Commodore 64 version has a visible engine part and a white small bar that has to be slid down or up to the middle position. DOS version presents a part consisting some kind of a belt that is attached to the engine and the player adjusts up or down a white bar in order to place it aside to the red marker which is in a random place.

Freeware

On 14th of January 1993 the game became freely available from the website of its current copyrights holder.

Street Rod 3

"Street Rod 3" is an unfinished, unofficial sequel to the series. Its aim is to recreate "Street Rod 2" in a full 3D graphics. The game is being developed for Windows and Linux with its current alpha version available for download.

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Game added by MajorDad.

Amiga added by Martin Smith. Commodore 64 added by Katakis | カタキス.

Additional contributors: tarmo888, Streetrod, mailmanppa, Victor Vance.

Game added November 15, 1999. Last modified January 20, 2024.