|Dragster: The Duel|
Dragster was the first video game developed by Activision for the Atari 2600 console, and released in 1980. Designed and programmed by David Crane. The object of the game is to either beat the player's opponent across the screen, or to race against the clock for best time. Dragster is an unauthorized adaptation of the 1977 Kee Games coin-op, Drag Race.
The world record on Dragster is currently held by video gamer Todd Rogers with a time of 5.51, yes it is possible.
Dragster: The Duel is an update of the original game.
|Original Dragster Release|
The game play is unchanged from the original game. All of your old tips and tricks will still work. Most of you will have played Dragster but for the few that have not, here is how the game works.
Once the player starts shifting gears, he can't downshift. But if the player shifts too soon, his engine will lug (work heavily); he will accelerate slowly and lose some time. It's tricky and takes practice, but the player's patience and perseverance will be rewarded with good times.
Most players first experience with Dragster goes like this, Countdown clock starts, GO!!! the player pushes the gas and BAM!!!, blows their engine. After a few tries they discover how the clutch works. They then alternate between blowing the engine or crawling down the track. At this point the player will either give up and say that the game sucks or they persevere and learn how to get the most speed. Beating your own time is very compelling and can be the ultimate just one more try game.
The best way to play the game is with a friend. Two players racing against each other can not be beat.
|Dragster: The Duel labels|
1. Dragster versus Dragster
2. Stock versus Dragster
3. Dragster versus Stock
4. Stock versus Stock
The game is also compatible with NTSC and PAL. The Color - B/W switch chooses between the two options.
The Difficulty A/B switch chooses between straight and steerable Dragsters.
There is now a simple text only title screen.
This is all being done in only 4k of memory.
Dragster: The Duel is being made for a competition cartridge to be used at various video game conventions across the U.S.A.. I will offer a small run on cartridge for people that want a copy.