Slot Racers

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Slot Racers Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Designer(s) Warren Robinett
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release
  • NA: 1978
Genre(s) Action, Maze
Mode(s) Two Players

Slot Racers is a 1978 video game cartridge for the Atari 2600 video game console. It was developed by Warren Robinett, who also went on to develop one of Atari's most successful games for the 2600, Adventure.

Game play[edit]

Slot Racers for the Atari 2600

Slot Racers is a joystick-controlled action game, with a total of nine game variations[1] programmed within the cartridge.

The object of the game is to pilot your car through a maze, while attempting to fire missiles at your opponent's car, as well as evading the missiles your opponent fires at your car. Each time one of the respective cars is struck by a missile, the player controlling the other car receives one point. Victory is achieved through the scoring of twenty-five points. The game itself has four different mazes, and options concerning missile speed, and other factors, within the context of its nine variants, selectable via the Game Select switch. The Difficulty Switches control the rate of fire each car is capable of.[2]

Reception[edit]

Slot Racers was reviewed by Video magazine in its "Arcade Alley" column where it was described as "a fast-moving head-to-head thriller". Despite noting that the game's plot is patently absurd, and that the game has "virtually nothing to do with either slot cars or racing of any kind", the reviewers called it "a triumph" and ranked it as "the most important of the [Atari 2600]'s classic labyrinth games".[3]:18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cartridge Scan - Text label". AtariAge.com. Accessed 2 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Slot Racers for Atari 2600". MobyGames. Accessed 2 March 2009.
  3. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Laney, Jr., Frank (May 1981). "Arcade Alley: Lure of the Labyrinth - Exploring Maze Games". Video. Reese Communications. 5 (3): 18, 110–111. ISSN 0147-8907.