Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Hot Rod (World, 3 Players, Turbo set 2, Floppy Based)

Hot-Rod (c) 1988 Sega.

Between one and four players race each other over a variety of different surfaces on a selection of narrow, twisting roads, in this superb top-down racing game from Sega. Points and extra gasoline are placed at regular intervals on each track and any car that runs out of gas is automatically out of the race. Any player that finishes in the top three is awarded bonus points - the amount dependant on whether they have finished first, second or third. These points can be used to buy a variety of car upgrades in the garage shop that appears at the end of every race. The upgrades available are; engine, tyre, wing and bumber.


Sega System 24 hardware

Main CPU : (2x) 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 4 Mhz), DAC (@ 4 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 496 x 384 pixels

Screen refresh : 58.00 Hz

Palette Colors : 16384

Players : 4

Control : Steering wheel, Pedal

Hot-Rod was available in three different cabinets; a two and three-player upright, and a four-player table top version.


Hot-Rod's catchy ''shop'' music appeared in the upgrade sections of two other well-known Sega games; 1986's "Fantasy Zone" and 1989's "Turbo Out Run".

A Turbo version exists and runs at twice the speed of the original.


At the end of each stage, as your car enters the garage shop; keep an eye of the section of track that lies in the direction your car will be heading once it has left the garage. This gives a clue as to what type of surface will be raced upon next, allowing the player to buy suitable tyres should the need arise.


* Computers :

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990)

Amstrad CPC (1990)

Commodore C64 (1990)

Commodore Amiga (1990)

Atari ST (1990)