5th Gear (video game)

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5th Gear
5th Gear cover art (Commodore 64).jpg
Commodore 64 cover art
Developer(s) Fantastic Four
Publisher(s) Hewson Consultants
Designer(s) Jeroen Leijten
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64
Release date(s) Amiga
Atari ST
Commodore 64
Genre(s) Driving game
Mode(s) Single-player

5th Gear is a computer game for the Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64, released on the Rack-It budget label.[1][2][3] The original Commodore 64 version was programmed by Jeroen Leijten, with music by Theo and Renier Hongens.[4][5] It was largely inspired by previous arcade games Steer and Go and Spy Hunter.

Game play[edit]

The player controls a white car that travels up (and then down) a tricky landscape filled with water, bumps, trees, and enemy vehicles. Cash is earned by completing levels, with an initial $10,000 available. These funds are spent at garages to buy extra fuel, repair the car's armour, and put add-ons for the car. These include a turbo-jump (allowing the car to get airborne unassisted, rather than relying on jumps) and waterproofing.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Suck (March 1990). "Dien sie wissen nicht, was sie tun". ASM (11). 
  2. ^ Laurence Scotford (April 1990). "Screentest: 5th Gear". ACE (31). 
  3. ^ "Fifth Gear (review)". The Games Machine (28). March 1990. 
  4. ^ "5th Gear credits (Commodore 64)". MobyGames. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Cheapo Round-up: 5th Gear". Commodore User (61). October 1988.