Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pole Position

Pole Position is an arcade conversion developed by Jonathan Thomas for the Atari STe. Minimum requirements are 1mb Ram, a good joystick and an addiction of this beautiful old racer which looks, sounds, and plays almost exactly like the original game that ate all of our 10 pence coins. Downloads are available via Atari-Forum (backed-up on my Dropbox). Stop right there!! Please don't be an idiot: play this awesome game using a real computer!!

The latest 'release candidate' has major improvements and delivers a near arcade-busting conversion:
Runs at a 60fps to bring the speed and difficulty in line with the arcade game.
You can thank the Blitter chip for whizzing the graphics so furiously!
Sprite scaling utilisied for that arcade feel for ultra-smooth results.
Even good 'ol Mount Fuji is displayed in all its glory!
The sky gradient is back along with numerous fixed graphical and audio glitches.
Sound effects are taken from the arcade machine and played using DMA coprocessor.
Code compiled with GCC 7.1 for a significant performance increase.
Many optimisations are made, mainly around text rendering for authenticity.

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