Checkered Flag (video game)
Cover art (Atari Lynx)
Rebellion Developments (Atari Jaguar)
|Release date(s)||Atari Lynx
Checkered Flag is a 1991 racing video game, for the Atari Lynx handheld game console which was developed and published by the Atari Corporation. This version of the game can support up to six players.
A remake of Checkered Flag was made for the Atari Jaguar in 1994. Unlike in the Atari Lynx version, the game features the option to change the color of a player's car in addition to the ability to modify the weather conditions.
A sequel was originally planned for the Jaguar under the name Checkered Flag 2, but the game was never released. Destination Software also planned to release a Game Boy Advance version of the title around 2005, but it was canceled before it was released.
Atari Lynx Version
The Atari Lynx version of Checkered Flag was released in 1991, and was used as a pack-in game with the system in the Australian and European markets at some point in the system's life. It received a perfect 10 score from Robert A. Jung of IGN.
Atari Jaguar Version
The polygonal graphics of the Jaguar version were reminiscent of an earlier Atari arcade hit Hard Drivin' from 1988, however by the time this game was released in 1994, it looked very outdated compared to SEGA's more polished Virtua Racing.
The 2-D graphics of the Lynx version were reminiscent of early Atari 2600 hit Pole Position with several improvements.
Checkered Flag was released in November 1994 for Atari's Christmas campaign, alongside Doom, Club Drive, and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. It was met with poor reception, possibly due to outdated graphics or its $69.99 MSRP.
- V-Rally/Checkered Flag entry, IGN.com.
- "Checkered Flag, Robert A. Jung takes a look at Atari's outstanding racing hit for Lynx.". IGN.com. July 6, 1999.
- Business Wire