Monday, 11 January 2016

First Impressions: Dragster

I think that it's time to go 'old school' and this game has its starting (and finish) line firmly in the past.

Dragster is a game made for the Atari 2600, in 1980 by Activision. It involves two players trying to get from one side of the screen to the other in as quick as time as possible (and, preferably, while beating the other player).

The controls were a bit iffy and basically involved you revving to just the point of breaking the dragster before changing gear in the nick of time so as to go as fast as possible. This was slightly difficult to achieve due to the lack of visual feedback (or good visuals for that matter, although I suppose that is to be expected from a 1980's game). It also meant that you actually had to do a lot in the relatively short distance that the race consisted of.

Overall, this is a decent enough (and rather different) crack at the racing genre, with lots of 'old school' difficulty that those mature enough will remember with fond loathing (although perhaps it's a little outdated nowadays). It is also another of those games that becomes vastly easier to play (and probably more fun) the more you try. However, I don't think I'll be revving up my engines to buy one very soon (although I wouldn't mind an Atari 2600).

Goodbye for now, Harry

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