Gran Trak 10

Gran Trak 10 (arcade)   1974

 

Emulation: No

 

First car racing game , first arcade game to use ROM data (primitive diode-based ROM was used to store the sprites for the car, score and game timer and the race track), first steering wheel, four-position gear shifter, accelerator and brake foot pedals.

 

Monochrome game

Arcade system: unique

Gran Trak 10
ORIGINAL POSTER

Gameplay video

Trivia:

1) One player racing.

2) Steve Wozniak (one of the founder of Apple) was a Gran Trak addict according to Steve Jobs in a 1985 PlayBoy interview.

3) First space racing game is Astro Race (1973).

4Read-only memory (ROM) is a type of non-volatile memory used in computers and other electronic devices. Data stored in ROM can only be modified slowly, with difficulty, or not at all, so it is mainly used to store firmware (software that is closely tied to specific hardware and unlikely to need frequent updates).

 

Review - All Game Guide (1998)
"The car is recognizable as such and the track, which is replete with 90- and 180-degree turns, is composed of dots. Sound effects are relatively realistic. The game is plenty challenging and it paved the way for Indy 800, Sprint 2 and numerous others, but poor steering physics and the lack of a two-player mode makes it a less-than-riveting game."

 

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