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 Amiga
  • NA: 1990
Atari ST
  • NA: 1989
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.