Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat

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Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat
Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat
North American arcade flyer of the arcade version.
Developer(s) Leland Corporation (arcade)
Rare (NES)
Sales Curve (other formats)
Publisher(s) Leland Corporation (arcade)
Tradewest (NES)
Sales Curve (other formats)
Platform(s) Arcade game, NES, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64
Release Arcade
  • NA: 1991
  • NA: August 1992
  • EU: 1992
Amiga, ST, C64
  • EU: March 1992
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Four player

Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat is a 1991 arcade racing game developed and published in the arcades by Leland Corporation. It is based on a three-player arcade game of the same title. It starred American IndyCar driver Danny Sullivan, and featured the tracks of the CART series of the early 1990s.


Arcade screenshot

Indy Heat featured four-player capability, and was similar in gameplay to Super Off Road. Players earned money based on their race finishing positions, which was spent on improving their car. The race season culminated with the Tradewest Speed Bowl, which loosely resembled the Indianapolis 500.


There are 9 tracks in the arcade version. The NES version features an extra track called Tradewest, named after the publisher of the NES version.


Front cover of the NES version.

The arcade game was later ported by Rare and published by Tradewest for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. Indy Heat was the third NES game to be released that featured an American indy car driver, the others being Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing and Michael Andretti's World GP. As well as the NES, the game was also ported by The Sales Curve (now Square Enix Europe) for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and the Commodore 64 the same year. Due to Danny Sullivan's promotion expiring, the racing game was released for the latter simply as "Indy Heat".

A version of the game was also completed and licensed by Tradewest for the Sega Genesis but the release was delayed until 25 July 2011, in a total of 50 copies have been produced for the Sega Genesis, complete with case, cartridge and cover art.[citation needed]

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