Road Blasters [Upright model]

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

 
DESCRIPTION
 
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Road Blasters © 1987 Atari Games.


Road Blasters is a futuristic driving game in which the player must shoot rival racers and collect fuel globes to top up his ever-diminishing fuel supply. Power-up weapons are dropped from above and and must be 'caught' by the player. Collision with enemy vehicles will result in the destruction of the player's own vehicle. Digitized speech, effects and music play throughout the game.
TECHNICAL
 
PICTURE :
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Road Blasters [Upright model] machine
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[Upright model]
Game ID : 136048

Runs on the "Atari System 1" hardware.

Players: 1
Control: dial
Buttons: 3
TRIVIA
 
Road Blasters was released in March 1987.

2906 Upright units were produced in the USA.

Also released as "Road Blasters [Sit-Down model]".

For a limited period after the game's release, players could win a free Atari T-shirt by completing all 50 levels.

Road Blasters was the last of the Atari System 1 games made. The original name of Road Blasters during its design was 'Future Vette'.

This game appears, on the 2012 animation movie "Wreck-It Ralph" from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
TIPS AND TRICKS
 
Shoot cars using a single shot instead of holding down the fire button to increase the bonus multiplier.

Crash into roadside cannons instead of shooting them for 8000+ points. This will greatly increase reserve fuel, which is awarded at the end of a rally based on score.

If you crash your car into one of the turrets at the side of the road, you'll get 8-10x the current value of a turret. When your score multiplier is up to 10, this is 16000-20000 points! Early on, keep your score multiplier high and always crash into at least two of these babies every board and finishing the game (or doing very well at it) is not tough. After a while it gets hard to crash into two turrets every board and still finish the board on time.

Tip For Strategies On Level 49 and 50 : Since level 50 is the last level, and the game gives you a complete recharge at the end of 49, accuracy doesn't count any more. Just keep firing as fast as possible.
STAFF
 
Lead programmer : Bonnie Smithson
Animator : Mark Stephen Pierce
Tech and Gameplay : Dave Wiebenson
Sounds : Brad Fuller
Programmer : Robert Weatherby
PORTS
 

Consoles:


Atari Lynx usa (1990) "RoadBlasters [Model PA2036]"
Nintendo NES europe (1990) "RoadBlasters [Model NES-VE]"
Nintendo NES usa (January 1990) RoadBlasters [Model NES-VE]"
Sega Genesis usa (1991)
Sega Mega Drive japan (February 28, 1992) "RoadBlasters [Model T-48023]"
Sony PlayStation usa (December 31, 1997) "Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 [Model SLUS-00449]"
Sony PlayStation europe (June 1998) "Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 [Model SLES-00712]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (November 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLUS-20801]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (November 24, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Nintendo GameCube usa (December 18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model DOL-GAKE-USA]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (February 6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLES-51927]"

Computers:


Commodore C64 usa europe (1988)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1988) : also released as separate Budget editions by Kixx and Erbe Software in 1989.
Amstrad CPC europe (1988)
Atari ST europe (1988)
Commodore Amiga europe (1988)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (1998, "Midway Presents Arcade Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2")
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (August 27, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (November 23, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
SOURCES
 
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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