Desert Race

The Arcade Video Game by Enter-Tech, Ltd.

Desert Race screenshot


Not emulated in MAME Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Desert Race © 1983 Enter-Tech.

Use the joystick to race across the road through the desert in your dune buggy, dodging various obstacles like rocks and cactuses, to pick up flags for points, and cross the finish line. Each flag is worth 1 point, so the more flags you pick up the more points you score. When you are about to cross the finish line, honk your horn at the awaiting crowd.


Main CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 2 Mhz )
Sound Chips : General Instrument AY8910 (@ 2 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 224 x 240 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 256

Players : 1
Control : 2-way joystick
Buttons : 1


Desert Race was the second in the series of Moppet Video games. The 'Moppet Video' games had small cabinets about four feet high, and were designed specially for young children from about 5-8 years old.

Desert Race was basically a re-skinning of the original Moppet Video game, Tugboat. Many similarities are evident including the 'river' is now the 'road', the Tugboat is now the 'race car'. There was a relatively small amount of programming involved to handle the differences between Tugboat and Desert Race that involved more than new graphics and sounds.


Programmers: Paul Walters, George Hefner, Rick Harris
Graphics Designer: Barb Ultis

Page last modified on September 15, 2015