Ignition (video game)

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Ignition - Box Front.jpg
Developer(s) Unique Development Studios
Publisher(s) Virgin Interactive
Platform(s) DOS/Windows PC
Release date(s) 1997
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Ignition, known as Bleifuss Fun in Germany and Fun Tracks in France, is an Abandonware PC game released in 1997 by Virgin Interactive. It features miniature cars, much like Death Rally and different vehicles such as school buses, police cars and trucks - many of which are unlocked as the game progresses.

Game features[edit]

The game was released for MS-DOS, Windows, an executable supporting 3dfx hardware was also available. All versions were packaged together, although a download was required from the (now defunct) company website to address Voodoo 2 incompatibilities with the original 3dfx release. The game features skid marks, smoke, sparks and fire effects. Ignition supports Audio CD playback during the game. Ignition can be controlled using keyboard, joypad, pedals or joystick. Also multiplayer using split screen (two players on one machine) or LAN in the Windows version is supported. The game is multilingual supporting: English, Spanish, Italian and Swedish.


The player races through 7 tracks with 11 unique vehicles of your choice. Compete in a "Championship", "Single Race", "Time Trial" or "Pursue Mode". After Ignition was released many computer enthusiasts started to create additional tracks and types of vehicles to broaden the content of the game.

Game modes[edit]

  • Championship: Players race on 5 to 7 tracks, three laps each and try to earn most points. Players are advanced to the next track if they come in at least 3rd. If after racing all tracks player earns most points, he advances to the next difficulty level. The levels are Novice (5 tracks), Amateur (6 tracks), Pro (7 tracks) and Mirror (7 tracks mirrored).
  • Single Race: Player races in three laps with 5 opponents.
  • Time Trial: Player is to beat the high scores: lap time and track time.
  • Pursue Mode: Every lap the last car to finish a lap is eliminated until a winner is found.

In every mode, on every track there are dynamic obstacles that can crash vehicles and make players lose time needed to beat your opponents. Also in every race best times for lap and track are saved for each track. Every mode can be played in multiplayer.


All music made by Christian Björklund.

Windows 7 Compatibility[edit]

The 3dfx version of Ignition works in both Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit versions without the need for compatibility mode settings as long as a Glide wrapper such as nGlide is installed on the computer. The latest 3dfx patch is also required. The MS-DOS version works with DOSBox.
Colour problems in Win95 version may be fixed by killing explorer.exe and launching the game from the Task Manager. Alternatively, you may use a batch file of the following structure:

taskkill explorer
cd %game_folder%
start explorer

It kills explorer and restarts it automatically after you quit the game but all file explorer windows are lost.

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