C64 Pole Position

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Pole Position game data

C64 game name: Pole Position | Release date: 1984 | Publisher: Atari | Game media type: prg | Language: en
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About Commodore 64 Pole Position

In C64 Pole Position, the player controls a Formula One race car, and has to complete a time trial lap within a certain amount of time (between 57 and 120 seconds) to qualify for an F1 race at the Fuji Racetrack. After qualifying, the player races against seven other CPU-controlled cars in a championship race (but if they do not qualify, the car will stay on the track until the timer runs out). The player must also avoid going off the road so that they will not crash into the billboards. Play continues until either time runs out in any lap and/or complete four laps of the race, which ends the game.

Pole Position was the first racing video game to feature a track based on a real racing circuit. It was also the first game to feature a qualifying lap, requiring the player to complete a time trial before they can compete in Grand Prix races. Once the player has qualified, they must complete the race in the time allowed, avoiding collisions with CPU-controlled opponents and billboards along the sides of the track. The game’s publisher, Atari, publicized the game for its “unbelievable driving realism” in providing a Formula 1 experience behind a racing wheel. The game’s graphics featured full-colour landscapes with scaling sprites, including race cars and other signs, and a pseudo-3D, third-person, rear perspective view of the track, with its vanishing point swaying side to side as the player approaches corners, accurately simulating forward movement into the distance.[3] While earlier three-dimensional arcade driving games emphasized staying on the road while avoiding crashes, Pole Position gives a higher reward for passing rival cars and finishing among the leaders.

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Pole Position C64 keyboard mapping + gamepad support

C64 emulator joystick - keyboard mappings

JOYSTICK 1KEYJOYSTICK 2KEY
LEFTCURSOR LEFTLEFTA
RIGHTCURSOR RIGHTRIGHTD
UPCURSOR UPUPW
DOWNCURSOR DOWNDOWNS
FIRELEFT CTRLFIRELEFT SHIFT

Pole Position touchscreen joystick emulation

You can play C64 Pole Position on mobile phones and tablets, too. Just tap the 4 corners and the middle position.

Pole Position Gamepad/Joystick support

Connect your USB gamepad or joystick to your computer. The online C64 emulator support 1 or 2 Gamepads + Paddles (axes 3/4).

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