New Rally-X was released in February 1981.
While the original "Rally-X
", released under a Bally/Midway license, was a moderate hit in North America, Bally/Midway only distributed this updated version as an upgrade kit for "Rally-X
" cabinets. The game appeared quite frequently in mainland Europe and the United Kingdom, mainly in the form of uncredited bootlegs. It was at least as popular as "Rally-X
" in these regions, if not more so, primarily due to the game's greater playability and abundance of bootleg board stock.
Differences from "Rally-X
The graphics for the cars have been slightly improved.
The game has new background music, which many players have found quite enjoyable.
The stage layouts have been simplified in order to reduce dead ends that a player could become trapped in.
The number of enemy cars that appear in each stage has been reduced.
The addition of the Lucky flag.
The position of the special flag is indicated on the radar by the blinking dot.
By default, you now get an extra life at 80,000 points in addition to 20,000 points.
The number of rocks and enemy cars is indicated before each Challenging Stage.
New Rally-X is used as a loading game in "Ridge Racers" for the Sony PSP; it can also be selected as a mini-game.