Saturday 30 April 2022

The Great American Cross-Country Road Race (Atari 8-bit review)

Developer: Alex DeMeo
Publisher: Activision
Released: 1985

The Great American Cross-Country Road Race is a driving game that takes place from Los Angeles to New York.

+ Three different routes are available towards your final destination, so there's plenty of reasons to return.

+ Changing scenery, weather conditions and traffic levels depending on the time of day are great touches to immerse players.

+ Sense of speed is terrific, particularly when you're in top gear and desperately trying to reach the checkpoint.

+ Manually switching gears is surprisingly fun, as the timing mechanism is reminiscent of Dragster (1980, Atari 2600).

+ Gameplay forces you to multi-task and strategise on when to refuel while slowing for the occasional radar siren.

+ Top ten leaderboard provides motivation to drive faster on your next attempt by listing your completion time.

- The shift in perspective when the road bends is a little jarring and can temporarily affect your spatial distancing.

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