Championship Sprint

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Atari Games Corp. [Milpitas, CA, USA]

 
DESCRIPTION
 
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Championship Sprint © 1986 Atari Games Corp.


Championship Sprint is an updated version of the old Atari Sprint series, with the added ability for players to upgrade their vehicles as the game progresses. Upgrades are won by collecting the bonus wrenches that appear once during each race, and once players have collected four wrenches, they will be presented with an upgrade screen; allowing them to choose better traction, top speed, acceleration, or a faster helicopter.

Collisions with barriers should, of course, be avoided, as they invariably cost the player valuable time. Also; a direct, head-on collision can cause the players' vehicles to explode - particularly if the player is moving at speed when this happens. In the event of a car exploding, a helicopter will automatically airlift a replacement vehicle to the track; this replacement will retain any previous upgrades made by the player. Waiting for the replacement car takes precious time and allows rival drivers to gain a distinct advantage. Car replacement time can be shortened upgrading the helicopter.

The tracks themselves are all variations on the basic 'oval', with gates, jumps, ramps and crossroads ensuring a demanding, yet incredibly playable game.
TECHNICAL
 
PICTURE :
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Championship Sprint machine
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Game ID : 136045

Runs on the "Atari System 2" hardware.

Players : 2
Control : Steering wheel with gas pedal
TRIVIA
 
Championship Sprint was released in September 1986 in the memory of George Opperman (1935-1985). Mr. Opperman was the first artist hired by Atari and the creator of the Atari logo.

2599 dedicated units were produced in the USA. The selling price was $2795.
Also, 996 conversion kits were produced. Selling price: $995.
SERIES
 
1. Sprint 2 (1976)
2. Sprint 8 (1977)
3. Sprint 4 (1977)
4. Sprint One (1978)
5. Super Sprint (1986)
6. Championship Sprint (1986)
7. Bad Lands (1989)
STAFF
 
Designers and programmers : Robert Weatherby, Kelly Turner
Animators : Will Noble, Kris Moser, Sam Comstock
Technicians : Dave Wiebenson, Minh Nguyen
Audio : Hal Canon
PORTS
 

Consoles:


Sony PlayStation 2 [AU] (2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
Microsoft XBOX usa (October 11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model MWO-3201W]"
Nintendo GameCube usa (October 11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model DOL-GAYE-USA]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (October 11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasure 2 [Model SLUS-20997]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (October 29, 2004) "Midway Arcadee Treasures 2"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (October 29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasure 2 [Model SLES-52844]"
Sony PSP usa (December 13, 2005) "Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play [Model ULUS-10059]"
Sony PSP europe (February 24, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play [Model ULES-00180]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] usa (May 31, 2007)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] europe (June 29, 2007)
Sony PSP [PSN] usa (June 28, 2010) "Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play"
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (November 6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (November 6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLUS-31083]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (November 15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (November 15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [Games on Demand] usa europe [AU] (August 13, 2013) "Midway Arcade Origins"

Computers:


Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1988)
Amstrad CPC europe (1988)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1988)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (February 17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (March 17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition" by Zoo Digital Publishing
SOURCES
 
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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