DOS - 1990
Description of Hard Drivin'
Hard Drivin' is a good PC conversion of Atari's arcade racing smash-hit. The arcade game was revolutionary in realism and feeling. Of course, the computer versions were never able to capture anything from it. But they tried.
The game features one track, or actually it are two-in-one which you can choose by taking a bend or not at the start of a lap. The easier part is called "Speed Track", fairly straight-forward aiming for speed, and the more tricky one is called "Stunt Track" filled with a looping, a bridge jump and a bank bend. The in-game graphics are rastered polygons giving the game a more simulation-like feel. It's best controlled with the mouse and works quite well that way.
Overall your aim is simple: mastering the course as best as you can... and beating a set time to challenge computer opponents. Only one car to drive, there's only one course, doesn't sound like much. But it is quite enjoyable and a decent try in bringing the arcade game to your home.
In 1991, Domark released Hard Drivin' II, which added a couple more tracks and a track editor. The sequel used exactly the same game engine as seen in this one... quite sad for a full-price game that was released two years later.
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Comments and reviews
The Boz 2023-01-12 0 point Commodore 64 version
I borrowed a copy of this and boy did I think it was poor. I found it slow, boring and far from a classic in my eyes. Quite a well known title at the time, not played any other version other than the C64.
kewi 2019-04-07 1 point
I loved this game at the time (probably 1991) because it was my first experience with 3D. Still remembering that sense of freedom, running in the opposite direction, or off road, the crashes... And all this was on a portable console, on a tiny screen, the Atari Lynx.
Michel 2018-09-08 -1 point
Installed it on an IBM AT CGA, very poor version, slow as hell (it should be smooth on an AT) and ugly optimized CGA display
Hulsie 2015-05-02 2 points DOS version
I loved this game. In the Atari ST version, you would hear a cow moo if you crashed into the barn! I love how your car burst into flames when you crash it.
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- Year: 1990
- Publisher: Tec Toy Indústria de Brinquedos S.A., Tengen Inc., Tengen Ltd.
- Developer: Atari Games Corporation
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