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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari 2600 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.3

Critic Reviews

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TeleMatch (Sep, 1983)
Superlative sollte man gerade bei der Beurteilung von Videospielen möglichst meiden. In diesem Fall aber gibt es für mich keine Diskussion: Ein Spitzenspiel, ja, der Renner unter den Renn- bzw. Fahrspielen, das ist Pole Position.
What then can be said? The game keeps score based on how far you go, so there's replay value in trying to beat your previous score. Even if the game didn't keep score, this game is good enough that it would be worth coming back to play occasionally on its merits alone. As an arcade port, this isn't the most creative game in the world, but a good game that's a port is easily better than a bad game that is overly creative. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. If you have an Atari 2600 and you don't have this game, shame on you. Get it immediately. You don't know what you're missing.
The Atari Times (Aug 04, 2003)
All in all, this is a respectable port of an arcade title, and is well worth adding to your collection. The only major problem with this title is that it's a bit one-dimensional, thus diminishing it's replay value. However, that was the case with the arcade title, too.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 11, 2002)
Realistic sound effects include passing car engines and squealing tires. I like how the game keeps a running score at the top of the screen. This version of Pole Position is tougher than it looks. Try to reach 50,000 points and you'll see what I'm talking about.
neXGam (Jan 31, 2017)
Viele werden Pole Position auf dem Atari 2600 bereits kennen, lag es doch vielen Junior Konsolen bei. Eine gute Wahl von Atari. Durch die relativ kurze Spielzeit von etwa 5 Minuten eignet sich das Game vor allem zur Highscorejagd in der (Retro-)Freundesrunde. Auch so genehmigt man sich des Öfteren mal ein Spielchen, denn Spaß bereitet es immer wieder!
Oldies Rising (Feb 23, 2014)
Malgré ses défauts, Pole Position n'en reste pas moins un bon jeu que tout possesseur d'une Atari 2600 se doit d'avoir essayé, à fortiori s'il est fan de jeux de course. Véritable précurseur, il a indéniablement contribué à faire du genre ce qu'il est aujourd'hui, avec son impressionnante fausse 3D. Sa technique n'est en outre pas son seul et unique point fort, et je vous certifie que malgré quelques couacs, il vous entraînera dans de bons moments de plaisir vidéoludique.
VideoGame (May, 1991)
No comando de um bólido de fórmula 1, seu objetivo é, à medida em que vai ultrapassando carros, fazer o percurso de cinco etapas no menor tempo possível.
Atari HQ (2001)
In the 2600 racing game sweepstakes, Activision's fabulous Enduro takes the checkered flag. However, for fans of the arcade game, Pole Position comes in a close second. A top-notch conversion that is guaranteed to satisfy.
Overall, Pole Position is the racing game all Atari 2600 owners should have. It is a true arcade classic.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Sep 27, 2017)
There’s no doubt that Atari did a heck of a job adapting Pole Position to the 2600, and if you like racing games there’s no doubt you should play it because – Turbo excepted – the history of racing games as we know them pretty much started here. However, if I haven’t made it abundantly clear already, I’ll take Enduro over it.
Giving due credit to the company, Atari has closely duplicated the sounds (minus the speech, of course) of the original coin-op and the background terrain does move convincingly past the racer. Unfortunately, sound and half-good graphics minus most of the play features that made the coin-op a success equals a cartridge that's less than desirable.