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DeathTrack (not to be confused with the 2000 PC sequel to Rollcage, Death Track Racing) is a first person futuristic driving computer game produced for MS-DOS by Dynamix and published by Activision in 1989. It was created by Tom Collie, Mark Brenneman, Darek Lukaszuk and Bryce Morsello.
There are two ways to win a race: be the first, or be the only one.
Based in a futuristic America, the player races on various tracks across the country for money, which can be spent on armor, weapons and other modifications to protect and use against the competition.
The player chooses from one of three cars (either "The Hellcat" for high speed, "The Crusher" for high firepower or "The Pitbull" for heavy armor) and begins racing against other drivers, including:
- Killer Angel
- Preying Menace
- Crimson Death
The player starts with $10,000 to spend on weapons, and earns more money by winning races. For each item the player buys, there are three variants: small/ineffective, medium/good and large/best.
The game uses 16-color EGA/Tandy (2-color Hercules MDA, 2-color hi-res CGA) graphics to display photos of opponents and the 10 American cities in which the player raced. The track for each city is unique, as is each opponent's 3D polygonal car.
- Machine Guns
- Particle beam
- Ram spikes
- Terminators (explosive rockets on wheels fired from the front of the car)
- Wheel spikes
There are ten tracks in ten cities.
In 1996, Computer Gaming World declared Deathtrack the 124th-best computer game ever released.
A sequel, Death Track: Resurrection, was released on February 22, 2008 in Russia, then later released in North America and Europe. An Xbox 360 version of the game was expected to be released later in 2009.
- Deathtrack for DOS (1989) - MobyGames
- MobyGames - Tom Collie
- MobyGames - Mark Brenneman
- MobyGames - Darek Lukaszuk
- MobyGames - Bryce Morcello
- DeathTrack - PC - IGN
- Lombardi, Chris A. (February 1990). "Murder on the Backstretch / Activision's "DeathTrack"". Computer Gaming World. p. 44. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
- Staff (November 1996). "150 Best (and 50 Worst) Games of All Time". Computer Gaming World (148): 63–65, 68, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88, 90, 94, 98.
- "Review: Death Track: Resurrection Hands-on". IGN. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- "IGN: Death Track: Resurrection". IGN. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
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