ROADBLASTERS

XBox: The Official Magazine - - FORGOTTEN FRANCHISES -

pub­lisher atari / last seen 1987

Res­ur­rect­ing a 1987 Atari ar­cade game may sound like mad­ness. But Road Blasters felt years ahead of its time. And it had such a bonkers premise that it would seem in­cred­i­bly orig­i­nal com­pared with its mod­ern peers. It put you at the wheel of a nu­cle­ar­pow­ered car ne­go­ti­at­ing check-pointed tracks lit­tered with deadly ob­sta­cles. To get to the end of each stage, you would also have to col­lect bal­loons con­tain­ing nu­clear fuel. And it had a turbo-boost that ac­cel­er­ated you to about 300mph, at which point avoid­ing ob­sta­cles be­came a mat­ter of sheer luck and guess­work. Still by far the best driv­ing-and-shoot­ing game ever made.

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