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Romset and name:
roadblst2 Road Blasters (upright, rev 2)
Manufacturer:
Atari Games
Year:
Genre:
Shooter
Category:
Shooter / Driving (chase view)
Serie:
-
Driver source:
Language:
English
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Only one supported (solo)
Input:
Dial, Pedal
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
-
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Avarage user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
-
MASH All-Time:
-
Video
Display:
336x240@59.922743 Hz, CRT 15kHz
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
-
CPU:
Atari C012294 POKEY, MOS Technology M6502, Motorola MC68010
Audio
Sound:
2 channels
Audio chips:
Atari C012294 POKEY, Speaker, TMS5220C, Yamaha YM2151 OPM
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.133u1 released on aug-02 2009
Last release:
Mame 0.219 released on feb-29 2020
Clone of:
roadblst Road Blasters (upright, rev 4)
Bios:
atarisy1 Atari System 1 BIOS
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Previous romset:
roadbls2 Road Blasters (upright, rev 2)
New romset:
None
Files
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GOOD
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Status
OVERALL:
GOOD
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Good
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
-
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Unsupported
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  • Arcade Video game published 33 years ago:

    Road Blasters © 1987 Atari Games.

    Road Blasters is a futuristic driving game in which the player must navigate a sports car through 50 different races without running out of fuel. Extra fuel is collected by driving over the red or green spherical fuel pods that litter the tracks (or is sometimes dropped by destroyed enemy vehicles).

    Each race features a midway point, denoted by a road-crossing type pattern. At this point, the amount of fuel in the main tank is restored to what it was at the beginning of the race (the amount of fuel in the main tank given at the start of a race varies throughout the game). The amount of fuel in the reserve tank, however, is not restored.

    When a player gets low on fuel in their main tank, a fuel light will blink and an alarm will sound. Once the main tank is empty the reserve fuel is used. The player's car is armed with a machine gun which can be used to shoot and destroy rival racers, although not all enemy vehicles can be destoyed (the purple car, for example, is indestructable must simply be avoided).

    Power-up weapons are ocassionally air-lifted in and dropped from above, these must be 'caught' by the player to increase firepower. Collision with enemy vehicles result in the immediate destruction of the player's vehicle, resulting in a loss of fuel as the vehicle is replaced. The roadside is also populated with enemy gun emplacements that shoot at the player, a direct hit from these also results in the loss of a player vehicle, although the turrets themselves can also be destroyed.

    The player also encounters numerous indestructible obstacles, including mines, boulders, floating spiker balls and oil slicks, the last of which will cause the player to lose control for a moment if hit. There is no limit to how many times a player can receive a new car to complete a race, as long as they have fuel.

    TECHNICAL
    [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.

    2,906 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 8,000+ 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 16,000 - 20,000 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:
    [EU] Nintendo NES (1990) "RoadBlasters [Model NES-VE]"
    [US] Nintendo NES (jan.1990) RoadBlasters [Model NES-VE]"
    [US] Sega Genesis (1991)
    [JP] Sega Mega Drive (feb.28, 1992) "RoadBlasters [Model T-48023]"
    [US] Sony PlayStation (dec.31, 1997) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2 [Model SLUS-00449]"
    [EU] Sony PlayStation (june.1998) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2 [Model SLES-00712]"
    [US] Sony PS2 (nov.18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLUS-20801]"
    [US] Microsoft XBOX (nov.24, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
    Nintendo GameCube [US] (dec.18, 2003) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model DOL-GAKE-USA]"
    [EU] Microsoft XBOX (feb.6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
    [EU] Sony PS2 (feb.6, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures [Model SLES-51927]"

    • HANDHELDS:
    Atari Lynx [US] (1990) "RoadBlasters [Model PA2036]"

    • COMPUTERS:
    [US] Commodore C64 [EU] (1988)
    [EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)
    [EU] Amstrad CPC (1988)
    [EU] Atari ST (1988)
    [EU] Commodore Amiga (1988)
    [US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (jan.1, 1999) "Arcade Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2"
    [US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (aug.27, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"
    [EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (nov.23, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures"

    CONTRIBUTE
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