F-1 (arcade game)

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Developer(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade
Release North America 1976
Genre(s) Racing game
Cabinet unique, sitdown cockpit
CPU discrete
Sound Amplified mono (one channel)
Display Horizontal orientation, projection (color)

F-1 is a racing arcade game developed by Namco[1] and distributed by Atari Inc., originally released in 1976.[2]


F-1 is based on electromechanical (em) projection technology. The race track is a pre-rendered animation stored on film and projected on the screen. The player's opponents and the player themselves are static transparent pieces within the machine that are also projected on the screen. Steering and collision are done through direct mechanical control.[1]

This game is the first and only projection game released by Atari. It also was the first game licensed from Namco by Atari, a practice that would increase by the early 1980s.[1]


The player steers a car around a race track, trying to avoid all cars.[1]

Popular culture[edit]

In the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead, one of the characters is playing this game at the mall.[3] Also, in the 1978 West German drama film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder In a Year of 13 Moons, the game is displayed upon many at the arcade scene.


A sequel game, F-1 Mach, was released in 1977.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d F-1 at the Killer List of Videogames
  2. ^ "Atari Museum Atari Coin-Op/Arcade Systems 1975-1976". Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  3. ^ Mall Arcade (Dawn Of The Dead) on YouTube
  4. ^ http://bandainamcoent.co.jp/corporate/bnours/nours/vol27/pdf/27_10-11.pdf