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- Street rod -

These days there are plenty of games around that let you customize a car and then race it but ten years ago the technology didn't really allow for it. That didn't stop street rod from being made and the aim of the game is to race your car, make money, upgrade your vehicle or buy a new one and eventually to become the king of the road.

The game is set in the 60's and you start with only 750 dollars that you worked hard to earn. With it you can buy a simple used car which you can find in the local newspaper and there might be enough left to upgrade the engine a bit before you go racing. Once you are done you can hang out at a local burger joint where lots of people drive by which you can always stop so you can pop the hood and check out their hardware. It's here that you can challenge them for a duel in dragrace or a race across several miles just outside town. You can choose to do it for kicks or you can bet them a certain amount of cash but on the Mullholland drive as the long race is known you can also put down the pink slips to your car. Win and you find yourself owning an extra car that you can sell off so you can buy a better one or use it for parts but lose and it's game over. Actually the game only ends when you don't have a car and not enough money to buy another one.

The upgrading part of the game isn't very difficult you simply check the newspaper for parts such as an engine, manifold, carburators and various tranmissions. Once you get back in the garage you can pop the hood and remove excisting parts which are usually only held on by a few bolts and you can select to put in the new items that you have aquired but remember to buy parts from the correct manufacturer or they won't fit. The transmission is done the same way but there are other options like changing the tires, removing the fenders and chopping the roof. All of these changes only serve one thing namely to speed up your car, you can view the top speed of your car in the specs but acceleration is not shown anywhere so you'll just have to race to find out.

Most of the game revolves around the drag race and the mulholland drive but once a week you can participate in a drag challenge but the good part is that you don't have to have the fastest car to win. Each race has two participants and depending on your time here you will get either a headstart or you will have to wait several second before you can go. The thing is that if you go faster than your first run you will automatically be disqualified. The rest of the game is based on getting the best car by racing and after a while the current king of the road might drive by so you can challenge him but only if your car is cool enough and you've won enough races. Challenge and beat him to become the king of the road!

Street rod is a game that's typically American as there has been a long history of tuning and modifying cars. The tuning parts are simplified so that it's easy to modify your car. Technically though the game isn't very good as the racing parts play rather jerky and sometimes you feel that you don't have a lot of control over the vehicle. Graphics are ok but don't expect too much from them and the sound on the PC version is just plain annoying so I turn it off as soon as the game starts. Dispite the shortcomings I do like the game mainly due to it's subject matter and if you have an interest in some oldskool tuning then give this game a go.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser



This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
Apart from some loading times this is the best version.
C64 Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
This is a somewhat tuned down version but still quite impressive for the c64.
DOS Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
Pretty good but the music is terrible, turn it off by turning off the radio in the garage.
Others This version is not available.
Atari ST released in 1989

Date added Jun-09-2005 20:59
Name Street rod
Developer California dreams
Publisher California dreams
First released 1989
Genre Racing
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 113 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 958 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 393 Kb
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Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available
 

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