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Indy 500 on the Atari 2600 by Atari, Inc.

Indy 500 is a 1977 racing video game developed by Atari, Inc. It is themed around the Indianapolis 500, and is based on Atari's earlier 8-player arcade game, Indy 800

General Information

Developer - Atari, Inc.

Publisher - Atari, Inc.

Release - September 11, 1977

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - Single-player, multiplayer

Genre - Racing

Though the packaging material claims it to have fourteen games, this number treats each of the various tracks as a "game". There are actually only three unique game modes, which are as follows. Each can be played with one or two players, and with either a time limit or a score limit.

Standard racing: Players can race against the clock to complete as many laps as they can, or compete to finish 25 laps (requires two players). A number of courses were featured, which all have "Ice Race" variations featuring slippery physics.

Crash and Score: This mode requires two players, but one can be computer-controlled. Either way, the goal is to seek out and drive into a white square randomly placed on the track; this will earn whichever player points, and the square will then be randomly placed elsewhere.

Tag: Similar to the above, this is a two-player mode only. This is essentially tag; whoever has the blinking car gains points by avoiding the other player's car who gains points by "tagging" the blinking car, after which the roles of the players are reversed.


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