TX-1

The Video Game PCB by Tatsumi Electronics Co., Ltd.

TX-1 screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Video Game PCB

TX-1 © 1983 Tatsumi Electronics Company, Limited.


TX-1 is a 3-D single-player driving game that utilises three video displays. The goal is to complete the game's three main stages before the time limit expires. The player controls a red Formula 1 car and starts each race on the starting line with six other F1 cars. As the race progresses, more cars appear on the track. If the player's car hits another car or road-side object while in HI gear, the car is destroyed in an explosion and vital seconds are lost until a new car appears. If the player's car hits another car or object while in LOW gear, the car will spin out but not explode.

During the race players will pass through a number of different environments, including tunnels, snow-covered landscape and meadows. Controls consist of steering, shift, accelerator, and brake. The right screen displays the number of cars passed, using one star to represent each passed car. The left screen displays the checkpoint map, the high score and the player's score. TX-1 features forks in the road (similar to Sega's legendary "Out Run"), with players able to choose their route. This was the first time such a feature had appeaed in driving games.

* First Stage: This stage must be completed within 70 seconds to reach the Extended Stage. At the checkpoint of the Extended Stage, the player will reach a fork in the road and go either go right, to either Spain, Monaco, Belgium, or left, tleading to either South Africa, U.S.A., Japan, or France.

* Extended Stage: This stage is comprised of Stages 2 and 3. The player must complete Stage 2 in 60 game seconds and Stage 3 in 50 game seconds. At the checkpoint of Stages 2 and 3, the player will again reach a fork in the road.

* Gran Prix Stage: This stage is comprised of Stages 4 and 5. Players must drive through Stage 4 in 60 seconds and Stage 5 in 60 seconds. The final checkpoint is at the end of Stage 4. At this checkpoint the player must go straight ahead to drive through Stage 5.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PICTURE :
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TX-1 the  Video Game PCB
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The TX-1 Cabinet comes in 3 pieces that need to be assembled :
1) PCB'S/Controls/Monitor/Marquees/1 Speaker
2) Seat Assembly /3 Speakers
3) Top Header (Light Box / Side Marquees)

Width : 55 inches.
Length : 73 inches.
Height : 71.4 inches.
Weight : 650 lbs.

Main CPU : (2x) I8086 (@ 5 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 3.75 Mhz)
Sound Chips : General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.875 Mhz)

Monitors : 3

Players : 2 (Alternating)

Controls :
360 Degree Steering Wheel
2 Way Shifter (Hi / Low)
Pedal (Gas)
Pedal (Brake)

Tracking :
Steering Wheel - Optical 360 Degree
2 Way Shifter - 1 Micro Switch On/Off
Gas - Optical 360 Degree
Brake - Optical 360 Degree

TRIVIA

Released in October 1983.

First racing game from Tatsumi and industry first 3-screen system.

Despite having graphics which look similar to Pole Position, TX-1 is in no way related to the "Pole Position" or "Final Lap" series at all.

TIPS AND TRICKS

• Hints :
Accelerate and stay ahead of other racers.
When cornering, stay to the inside of the track.
When sliding, ease up on the accelerator.
Driving off the track slows the car down.

SERIES

1. TX-1 (1983)
2. TX-1 V.8 (1984)

SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.

Page last modified on August 23, 2015