Radar Rat Race (VIC-20)

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Radar Rat Race takes the gameplay of Rally X and puts it into a rodent context. You control a rat, who must grab all the pieces of cheese in a maze, and flee from all the other rats. Once you reach a barrier in the maze, you are automatically rotated, but you can always manually change direction.

There are red ones who chase after you, and black ones who are activated when you get close to them - both types kill you on contact. When they are close, you can activate a Star Screen to block them off.

The Radar of the title is on the right of the screen, and shows you where each piece of cheese is, although the actual maze is not illuminated, so your next snack might be further away than you think.


Radar Rat Race VIC-20 Title screen.
Radar Rat Race VIC-20 Game over.
Radar Rat Race VIC-20 The fire button will release stars that can confuse the rats but doing this also reduces the timer.
Radar Rat Race VIC-20 Contact with a cat or rat will make you lose a life.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Katz und Maus" -- German VIC-20 title
  • "Chasse au rat" -- Qu├ębec French title

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Critic Reviews

Popular Computing Weekly Dec 01, 1983 10 out of 10 100
Tilt Jan, 1983 5 out of 6 83
TeleMatch Jul, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Micro 7 Feb, 1984 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50
Happy Computer Oct, 1983 Unscored Unscored


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Radar Rat Race was an unauthorised clone of Bally's Rally-X with different graphics. Commodore would later sign a licensing agreement with Bally to convert arcade games, but the license did not include Rally-X.
Kabushi (209503) added Radar Rat Race (VIC-20) on Feb 01, 2007
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