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Pitstop II

Moby ID: 578
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Race Formula-1 in several tracks while trying to beat a computer, or human opponent. Pay attention to your fuel and tires: It will be necessary to drive into a pitstop to swap them out and refuel. Tire damage is indicated by their colour; they start off black and become lighter as they take damage. Once they have turned white a collision will send the car off the track.

Six different tracks are available to race on including Brands Hatch and Vallelunga. Tracks can be played singly, or all together in a Grand Prix contest. When playing the Grand Prix this is scored in the same way as the real contest. Players can select how many laps they want to race and 3 different skill levels.

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Average score: 76% (based on 11 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 38 ratings with 1 reviews)

An excellent 80s arcade-style Formula One racer for the C64!

The Good
Pitstop II is one of the only racing games that I have from my Commodore 64 package. Before the advent of 3-D Graphics for racing games, and before the advent of Racing Wheel Controllers for computers and game consoles, it was just blocky rasterized 2-D graphics, like any other 80s game, and you had to use a joystick to control the car.

The Watkins Glen track is the most interesting in this game, because sometime during the year the game was released in, a Grand Prix was held with Formula One/Indy race cars before NASCAR took over a few years later. That was just for a historic purpose of racing.

The car engine sounds were processed with Saw Wave tones on the C64 SID chip, and when your car moves faster, the pitch increases! Pretty cool! (That was before Digital Audio and DSP in late 90s racing games for the PC such as the Staccato Systems physical modelling technology used in EA Sports' NASCAR Revolution and ValuSoft's NHRA Drag Racing 2.)

The Bad
None so far!

The Bottom Line
This is not for hardcore simulation geeks in mind, but only for retro gaming enthusiasts who like racing games on a Commodore 64.

I would recommend Pitstop II for anyone who wants to play some racing games on a Commodore 64 with a joystick. And if you are ready to step up to the future, grab a used PlayStation 3 and a copy of CodeMasters' F1 2010, and optionally grab a Logitech or Thrust Master racing wheel, for some hardcore simulation!

Commodore 64 · by Katie Cadet (10036) · 2018

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  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Racing Games (editorial staff choice)* Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #75 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Commodore Format
    • May 1991 (Issue 8) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 02/1986 - #8 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)

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Game added by Trixter.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Antstream added by firefang9212. iPad added by Kabushi. Apple II added by Martin Smith. Atari 8-bit added by ZZip. Wii added by gamewarrior. TRS-80 CoCo added by Servo.

Additional contributors: Manuel Rotschkar, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack, ZeTomes.

Game added December 16, 1999. Last modified July 10, 2024.