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Road Blasters [Upright model] (c) 1987 Atari Games.

A futuristic driving game in which the player must shoot rival racers and collect fuel globes to top up his ever-diminishing fuel supply. Power-up weapons are dropped from above and and must be 'caught' by the player. Collision with enemy vehicles will result in the destruction of the player's own vehicle. Digitized speech, effects and music play throughout the game.


Atari System 1 hardware

Game ID : 136048

Main CPU : 68010 (@ 7.15909 Mhz), M6502 (@ 1.789772 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), POKEY (@ 1.789772 Mhz), TMS5220 (@ 650.826 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 336 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 1024

Players : 1

Control : dial

Buttons : 3


Released in March 1987.

Also released as "Road Blasters [Sit-Down model]".

For a limited period after the game's release, players could win a free Atari T-shirt by completing all 50 levels.

Road Blasters was the last of the Atari System 1 games made. The original name of Road Blasters during its design was 'Future Vette'.


* Shoot cars using a single shot instead of holding down the fire button to increase the bonus multiplier.

* Crash into roadside cannons instead of shooting them for 8000+ points. This will greatly increase reserve fuel, which is awarded at the end of a rally based on score.

* If you crash your car into one of the turrets at the side of the road, you'll get 8-10x the current value of a turret. When your score multiplier is up to 10, this is 16-20,000 points! Early on, keep your score multiplier high and always crash into at least two of these babies every board and finishing the game (or doing very well at it) is not tough. After a while it gets hard to crash into two turrets every board and still finish the board on time.

* Tip For Strategies On Level 49 and 50 : Since level 50 is the last level, and the game gives you a complete recharge at the end of 49, accuracy doesn't count any more. Just keep firing as fast as possible.


Lead programmer : Bonnie Smithson

Animator : Mark Stephen Pierce

Tech and Gameplay : Dave Wiebenson

Sounds : Brad Fuller

Programmer : Robert Weatherby


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1989)

Atari Lynx (1990)

Sega Mega Drive (1991)

Sony PlayStation (1998, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

Nintendo Gamecube (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

Microsoft XBOX (2003, "Midway Arcade Treasure")

* Computers :

Commodore C64 (1988)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)

Amstrad CPC (1988)

Atari ST (1988)

Commodore Amiga

PC [MS Windows, CD-Rom] (1998, "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 2")

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasure")


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.76u1 [Aaron Giles]

0.31 [Aaron Giles]


- 0.133u1: Renamed (roadblsg) to (roadblstg), (roadbls3) to (roadblst3), (roadblg2) to (roadblstg2), (roadbls2) to (roadblst2), (roadblg1) to (roadblstg1), (roadbls1) to (roadblst1), (roadblsc) to (roadblstc), (roadblcg) to (roadblstcg) and (roadblc1) to (roadblstc1).

- 0.76u1: Aaron Giles added Road Blasters (upright, rev 4) and clones (upright, rev 3), (upright, rev 4), (upright, German, rev 1), (upright, German, rev 2), (upright, German, rev 3), (cockpit, rev 1), (cockpit, rev 2) and (cockpit, German, rev 1). Changed parent description to 'Road Blasters (upright, rev 2)' and clone '(set 2)' to '(upright, rev 1)'. Renamed (roadblst) to (roadbls2).

- 0.65: Aaron Giles fixed the Road Blasters graphics glitches.

- 19th April 2002: Aaron Giles fixed the alternate Road Blasters set so that inserting coins works again.

- 0.57: Added clone Road Blasters (set 2). Changed parent description to 'Road Blasters (set 1)'.

- 15th November 2001: Aaron Giles added another version of Road Blasters that uses a different Slapstic chip.

- 10th November 2001: Guru - Dumped an alternative version of Road Blasters.

- 0.36RC1: Changed 68010 CPU1 clock speed to 7159090 Hz, M6502 to 1789772 Hz, YM2151 to 3579545 and Pokey to 1789772 Hz.

- 26th April 1999: Mike Coates fixed Indy and Roadblasters on the ASM core.

- 0.35b11: Added proms ($0, 200 - graphics mapping proms remap and color).

- 21st February 1999: John Butler fixed Road Blasters black screen.

- 0.33b6: Roadblaster uses the dynamic palette system [Aaron Giles].

- 0.31: Aaron Giles added Road Blasters (Atari Games 1987).


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Burnin' Rubber

Burnin' Rubber (DECO Cassette)

Joyful Road

The Battle-Road

Mad Crasher


Street Heat

Break Thru

Night Stocker

The Speed Rumbler

City Bomber

Hyper Crash

Road Blasters

Hot Chase

Last Duel

RoadWars (Arcadia)

Mad Gear

Maze of Flott

Night Striker

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F-Zero (Nintendo Super System)

Lethal Crash Race

Chase Bombers

Speed Racer

Romset: 1361 kb / 35 files / 487.8 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="roadblst3" sourcefile="atarisy1.c" cloneof="roadblst" romof="roadblst">
              <description>Road Blasters (upright, rev 3)</description>
              <manufacturer>Atari Games</manufacturer>
              <biosset name="ttl" description="TTL Motherboard (Rev 2)" default="yes"/>
              <biosset name="ttl1" description="TTL Motherboard (Rev 1)"/>
              <biosset name="lsi" description="LSI Motherboard"/>
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              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68010" clock="7159090"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="M6502" clock="1789772"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2151" clock="3579545"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="pokey" name="POKEYN" clock="1789772"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="tms" name="TMS5220C" clock="650826"/>
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              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="1" buttons="3" coins="3">
                     <control type="pedal" minimum="0" maximum="255" sensitivity="100" keydelta="64"/>
                     <control type="dial" minimum="0" maximum="255" sensitivity="25" keydelta="10" reverse="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="F60000" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="1024"/>

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