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Indy 500 is a racing game played from a top down point of view. In the one player game, your goal is to complete as many laps as you can in 60 seconds. In the two player game, the first player to complete 25 laps wins! Included are several different race tracks, two difficulty levels, and additional game variations called ice race, tag, and crash 'n score. In ice race, the track is icy causing your car to slide often and making it difficulty to steer. In tag, one player is "it" and needs to tag the other player. For each second you race without being tagged, a point is earned. Lastly, in crash 'n score the goal is to crash into targets which appear on the race track. The first player to crash into the target earns a point, and then a new target will appear elsewhere on the track.


Indy 500 Atari 2600 Try to crash into the target
Indy 500 Atari 2600 One of several different tracks to race on
Indy 500 Atari 2600 Be careful on this icy track
Indy 500 Atari 2600 Try to crash into the target

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Alternate Titles

  • "Race" -- Sears Tele-Games release
  • "11 Indy 500" -- Title on the end label of original release

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User Reviews

Frustrating Top-down Racer eratik (123) 1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars
After you've mastered the joystick, it can be fun. RobinHud (73) 0.75 Stars0.75 Stars0.75 Stars0.75 Stars0.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Apr 22, 2017 A 100
The Video Game Critic Feb 14, 2004 A 100
The Atari Times Feb 07, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Creative Computing Jul, 1978 Unscored Unscored


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The driving controller was much like a paddle controller but you could turn the knob without stopping. Indy 500 was the only game Atari created that required this controller.
Servo (57358) added Indy 500 (Atari 2600) on Jan 16, 2004