Radar Rat Race

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Radar Rat Race
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Developer(s)HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s)Commodore
Designer(s)HAL Laboratory
Platform(s)VIC-20, MAX Machine, Commodore 64
Release1981
Genre(s)Maze
Mode(s)Single player

Radar Rat Race (レーダーラットレース, Rēdā Ratto Rēsu) is a 1981 game made by HAL Laboratory.[citation needed] A licensed clone of Namco's Rally-X arcade game, it was one of the launch titles for the VIC-20 on cartridge,[1] it was originally released in Japan as Rally-X (ラリーX) from Commodore Japan K.K. and, in 1982, was converted to the Commodore MAX Machine and Commodore 64. Radar Rat Race is cartridge number VIC-1910 for the Commodore VIC-20.

Gameplay[edit]

The player guides a mouse through a large maze; the camera follows the mouse and shows only a small portion of the maze at any given time. The player is pursued by at least three rats; the goal is to eat all of the pieces of cheese, shown for the entire maze on a radar screen, without getting caught by a rat or bumping into a stationary cat. By pressing the joystick button, the mouse can disperse a limited amount of magical dust (called "star screen") which confuses the rats for about five seconds. Once the round is complete, the game starts again,with more rats and faster play; the gameplay is accompanied by a frenetic, rhythmically altered version of a phrase from Three Blind Mice, which cycles endlessly.

Reception[edit]

Computer and Video Games, although criticizing the game's controls and repetitive sound, called the Commodore 64 version "quite exciting and amusing to play".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dillon, Roberto (2016). The Golden Age of Video Games: The Birth of a Multibillion Dollar Industry. CRC Press. p. 52–53. ISBN 9781439873243.
  2. ^ "Software Reviews: Radar Rat Race". Computer and Video Games. No. 27. January 1984. p. 32.

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