Released in October 1983.
Licensed for the US to Namco for manufacture and to Atari for distribution. Licensed to Taito for all Eastern Hemisphere countries (except Japan).
TX-1 introduced a number of original gameplay elements to the racing and videogame genre. As well as the aforementioned forks in the road, other gaming firsts include:
* Slopes and hills for players to negotiate (hills did technically appear first in Sega's 1982 game, "Turbo
", but this is the first time they were represented correctly and in true 3D).
* TX-1 was the first driving game to feature force-feedback, with the steering wheel vibrating during collisions.
* TX-1 was the first video game to utilise three screens to create a widescreen display. Taito would use three screens for their "Ninja Warriors
" and "Darius
" games a few years later.
Despite having graphics that look superficially similar to Namco's "Pole Position
" is in no way related to that game or to Namco's follow-up "Final Lap