Road Blasters

a game by Tengen, Atari Co., Sterling Silver Software, and Mindscape

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisNESNES

Genre: Racing

See also: Rally Games

  • Type: Driving
  • Levels: 50
  • Release: November 1991
  • Difficulty: Avg.

Take to the road in the most dangerous race known. Tengen's home version has all the features of the arcade original. The roads are dangerous, with mine fields buried in the roads, turrets shooting at you, and other cars out to get you. The only thing that can save you is the special weapons and the much needed fuel globes. The arcade classic is now brought home for all Genesis players to enjoy!

People say:


Road Blasters has finally appeared on several formats and although I don't like to make direct comparisons, this is clearly the best executed and most fun of all the versions. This game makes excellent use of the Genesis to produce dazzling graphics and a great name!


You can't go wrong with an arcade hit that looks and plays as good as this one does. The overall theme of the coin-op has been retained while adding some nice visual touches that make the game stand out even more. Great challenge and a lot of interaction highlight this fine game.


Road Blasters is a cool game for the Genesis. The graphics and sounds are almost identical to the coin-op. The only complaint I have is that the game doesn't control as good as it should. The power-ups are all there and they've even managed to squeeze in all 50 levels.


Road Blasters has always been a favorite of mine in the arcade, so after some truly disappointing home versions I was very happy to see this game arrives. Not only are the graphics as smooth as they get on the Genesis, the play mechanics and overall execution were top notch!

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The scene is futuristic land where drivers have more to worry about than speeding tickets. You can't get gasoline at the corner station anymore -- you've got to fight your way to a fill up. Prepare to strap yourself into your armored roadster and race through a Rally with 50 different levels. Mindscape's new home version of the arcade smash hit, Road Blasters, will really test your nerves.

It Starts With a Screech

Your car lurches into first gear with a gut-wrenching wheely and suddenly you're up to 200 miles per hour. At speeds like this even the simple task of keeping your car on the road is difficult. But then, to make matters worse, you look in front of you and see enemy cars screaming towards you. This is no ordinary freeway! Just dodging the bad guys isn't going to be enough It's time to get rough! You place your fingers on the trigger of your cannon and let fly with a couple of rounds, opening up a fiery hole in the traffic.

ProTip: Use your shots sparingly; Every miss you make lowers your bonus multiplier, which drops your point total.

A Fight For the Fuel

As you tear towards the finish line, you'll need to find gas and it's not as easy as you think. The green orbs placed sparingly along your route provide you with fuel. However, they're not always in the most convenient locations. Sometimes you'll see them on the side of the road. Don't dally too long in getting them. Your speed is precious and you can't possibly keep up 200 MPH in the off-road terrain of Bubble City.

Pick them up to power yourself to the finish. These red orbs usually mean the difference between being stranded on an isolated roadway infested with enemy vehicles or basking in glory at victory square. Don't fret if you can't get to all of the globes. In Bubble City, destruction often provides generous rewards. Your enemies frequently carry red fuel orbs which will survive the force of your cannon.

At the end of every stretch of the race, you'll receive fuel for your reserve tank. The amount fuel is based on your score. Make sure you hit as many enemies as possible to beef up your reserve tank. You'll need it later on.

You Are Not Alone

You have friends in high places. Just when you think your life is over your allies fly over and drop a modification onto your car. Just maneuver your car under the ally plane and you're in business. At first, you'll get a U.Z. Cannon-great defense against large motorcycle gangs. One quick squeeze and those riders go flying. But that's not all. Next, you'll get a special fuel enhancer, the Nitro Inject that enables you to cruise to the finish at over 300 mph!

As you travel inland you'll need more advanced weaponry. Your friends come through in excellent fashion. The next weapon they give you is a Cruise Missile-capable of destroying everything in sight with a single explosion. The only things that survive are your car and your opponents' fuel orbs. And, finally, you find yourself in a situation where you think you'll need a miracle to survive, your friends drop some new technology on your vehicle-an Electro Shield that protects your car from everything! Use it correctly, and you can cruise into victory square untouched!

Use these weapons sparingly. They have limited use. Be careful not to crash when you have them on your car or you'll lose them.

They're Not All Friendly

During your race, you'll encounter a huge variety of obstacles that make the finish line seem like an impossible dream. A quick blast from the laser cannon will finish off the standard orange racers called Stingers. But the blue sedans, or Command Cars, aren't so easily destroyed.

Annihilating the pesky motorcycles pin point accuracy. Try using the U.Z. Cannon. Enemy Gun Turrets will try to blast you as you fly by. Dodge their fire or destroy them. Land mines sometimes block your path. Skillful navigation around these is your only hope for survival. Later in the course the deadly Rat Jeeps hop onto the track behind you. Kill them quickly with a timely cannon blast. This takes quick reflexes as they appear almost instantly. This army of enemies will make your trip to victory square difficult. But the joy of leaving them behind you in smoking ruins is truly great.

Once the smoke clears, you can look back with pride at the gauntlet you've run. It's a difficult task, which requires expert precision, but hey, nobody said it was going to be easy.

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In the not-so-far off future auto racing will take on a whole new dimension. Based on the Atari coin-op, RoadBlasters is a fast and furious driving shoot-em-up with all the sights and sounds of the arcade. Catch the special weapons dropped from the weapons craft overhead. Equip yourself with cannons, Nitro and Cruise missiles to blast through all 50 levels!

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  • Machine: Genesis

So, you thought the 1990s were going to be a "kinder, gentler" decade, eh? Not with games like Atari Corp.'s RoadBlasters and Paperboy!

Take RoadBlasters, for instance. It's a car-racing game in which you go speeding down a busy highway while avoiding such everyday road hazards as merging traffic, oil slicks, explosive mines, curbside cannons, and road-hogging cars and motorcycles that blow up on contact. You can shoot back with such weapons as lasers, rapid-fire cannons, and cruise missiles.

In other words, RoadBlasters is a fairly accurate simulation of rush hour on a Los Angeles freeway.

Then there's Paperboy. In this game, you're supposedly a bicycling teenager who's delivering the daily newspaper to homes in a typical suburban neighborhood. Hazards include loony lawn-mowers, belligerent dogs, inconsiderate kids on skateboards, hostile fire hydrants, and even funeral hearses driven by reckless maniacs.

But that's OK, because you're really a teenage terrorist in disguise. If someone on your paper route won't subscribe, you deliver a newspaper to them anyway - right through their picture window. And while you're at it, you'll knock over their garbage cans and vandalize their lawn ornaments. That'll teach 'em what happens when they flee the city for the suburbs!

Both RoadBlasters and Paperboy, of course, are based on arcade hits that have been widely translated for other videogame systems and home computers. The Lynx version of RoadBlasters is particularly noteworthy for its fast, smooth animation and amazing illusion of speed.

Another outstanding feature is the digitized speech. From time to time, a voice offers helpful hints and advice, such as "Watch for cross traffic" or "Fuel level critical".

Although RoadBlasters encourages you to blast away at the opposing traffic, it discourages careless shooting. At the end of each round, your points are multiplied by a factor that's determined by your shooting accuracy. The higher your hit ratio, the greater your score.

If you'd prefer a somewhat slower-paced game, check out Paperboy. It's a close translation of the arcade game, with the same diagonal scrolling, zany hazards, and bonus rounds. Your main goal is to deliver copies of The Daily Sun ("The World's Most Throwable Newspaper") to all of your subscribers on the block. Before departing on your route, you can choose from three difficulty levels: Easy Street, Middle Road, or Hard Way.

Subscribers' houses are easy to spot, because they have delivery boxes clearly labeled Sun. For each paper you successfully toss into a box, you get 250 points. If a house doesn't have a delivery box out front, it's an open target. Flinging your papers like rocks, you can shatter windows, spill garbage cans, and sometimes even flatten the stingy residents themselves. The game continues through each day of the week until you eventually lose all your lives by crashing your bicycle into various obstacles.

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The spectacular Atari games coin-op is being translated for the Genesis. Perfect in every detail!

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The futuristic racing/shooting coin-op is being converted to the Genesis by Tengen. Smooth scaling and good control make this cart one of the best racing games around.

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  • Machine: Lynx
  • Number of Levels: 50
  • Theme: Drive/Shoot
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Available: November '90

It's an impossible mission but you must get across the country to deliver an urgent message to the president. All forms of communication have broken down as the enemy has invaded, and taken over most of the cities of the nation. The roads are the only mode of transportation left and even they are constantly being patrolled by the invaders. Some stretches of highways have been boobytrapped with mines, while others have metal detecting laser cannons ready to destroy anything trying to get by.

A special car has been created just for this mission and it has been equipped with the best protective zirconium armor and fitted with the most powerful weapons known to civilization. The front mounted 50mm cannons will destroy nearly anything in their path and our special forces, in special spy aircraft, have promised to drop even more powerful, but untested, weapons to you as you speed across the country. Fuel is the major problem though, as your car gets very thirsty at high speeds, but our intelligence sources have found spare fuel cells on many roads and inside some of the enemy patrol cars.

The probability of success is low, but with your talents and superior fire-power you have a chance! Not only must you get past hundreds of enemy vehicles spread out through 50 torturous sections of roadway, but you must also contend not only with the diabolical terrorist, but civilian cars as well!

The game play is surprisingly close to the coin-op masterpiece, incorporating all of the popular features found in the quarter-muncher. You must maintain control of your attack vehicle while going up against the enemy and attempting to reclaim new power cells. Each course has its own set of challenges designed to make it difficult just to stiay on the track, including twisting hairpin curves, minefields, cannons and more!

At the beginning of play, and at several pivotal points in the game you are given the option to select a higher level of play for bonus points. This feature enables novice gamers to work their way up through the levels, while the pros can skip the boring round and dive head-first into greater challenges.

The whole game is based around the fuel gauge, with enemy hits and wipeouts deducting the precious energy from your primary tanks or reserve tanks. The primary tank is replenished whenever a particular race is completed or when a green fuel cell is captured and the reserve tank is increased by finishing the race with too much energy in the primary tank as well as whenever a red energy capsule is retrieved.

Additional power-up weapons can also be collected by skillfully grabbing the enhancements that are dropped from overhead. These weapons range from the Nitro Boost, which propels your attack car at incredible speeds in a short burst of acceleration, to the Uzi cannon which enables you to fire a steady stream of bullets at the enemy.

Road Blasters is filled with many other exciting techniques that include scoring incentives that enable you to increase the value of the enemy autos you strike down by not missing a shot! The graphics are well done, the scaling top notch and the sound effects and voice complimentary to the package. For anyone looking for a hand-held recreation of this exciting game, the Lynx may have what you're looking for!

After completing each round, you receive bonus points and additional fuel reserves for the next battle! The amount of energy you have for subsequent missions depends on your success at capturing fuel cells, destroying enemy vehicles and depleting your reserves.

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  • Lynx - Atari
  • Type: Action
  • Release: Nov. 1990
  • Levels: 50
  • Difficulty: Avg

The great Atari coin-op is coming to the Lynx practically unscathed. Hop in your super car and blow down the highway taking out the enemy in the cars and bikes that you encounter. Your fuel is limited so get extra gas from special fuel cells that you run across and grab the special weapons which the helicopter drops down to you. Find the warps and skip levels on your way across the country!

People say:


While the left and right movement in this game can be a bit tedious, once you get used to the handling of your attack car, Road Blasters becomes great fun. The point and fuel advancing expands the strategy beyond the normal "make though the race" theme. A very good conversion.


Road Blasters on the Lynx looks and plays great. The graphics are decent on the small screen and the little details are still visible! The car handles well and the game retains all the features of the arcade version built in. Lynx players won't be disappointed.


Road Blasters remains very close to the coin-op on which it's based. You get power-up weapons, rapid-fire guns, bonus points to go for and some cool music and voice. Road Blasters is just one more example of how good the Lynx can get - let's just see more games!


The date 1990, Los Angeles, more reports of freeway shootings are coming in...! Take to the streets with a heavily armed cruiser and proceed to make yourself at home on your way to Disneyland. Just like the arcade quarter sucker but on the small screen! Makes me homesick!

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