15 responses to “Top 10 Old School 80’s Racing Games”

  1. mrjuandrful

    Great List! EPYX made great games and Pitstop II took driver games to another level. For the first time, you were able to change tires and gas up you car which was vital to your success. Looking at the pic reminded me that you only needed to change the tires when the color indicated so. Green meant good, while red meant change it or you tire will explode.

    RC Pro-Am was also one of my favorites. Controls were odd since the screen view was static but you always seemed to know how to maneuver your way past an oil slick or right before an accelerator pad.

  2. Sebastian

    Some great titles in there. Oh for the day when technology gets to the stage where the exploits available in RCA Pro Am are possible in a real RC car race.

  3. knight28

    RCA Pro AM was great with the cheat codes. Love that game. But spy hunter was just a game that was hard to put to down.

  4. Maurice

    hi just wondering if you can help im looking for the arcade game where you were racing in a 2 lane game it had low and high gears you would stand and play the car would travel through a tunnel and the light would come on im sure it was not in colour maybe green

  5. The Great 80s

    Great list! I really think “Turbo” should have been included though. That was my favorite 80s car racing sim.

  6. Alex

    LOL…. Ah, looking back at the “classics”…. Unreal to see how far we have come…. Online Ethernet connected consoles with wirless microphones and controllers… In Full HD graphics on 50″ screens and so on….. First ever game I played was a Golden axe on a 10″ CRT…. Then I went advanced…. Sega with a big ass 12″ screen playing Alex Kidd…… lol Best christmas ever…. And just crazy comparing that to things like F.E.A.R, Oblivion, Fallout 3….

    Been a real burst in advancement… Even if you look like at GTA and compare that to GTA IV lol…

  7. Alex

    Wait…. No Road rage?? Come on… That should be up there.

  8. Round Kitchen ·

    online racing is of course fun to play too, i always bet on it when money permits `

  9. DVD Cleaner

    i would really love to bet on online racing, i think it is kind of exciting *.’

  10. MR SPEED

    Some good choices in that list here are some of my fav racing games from the 1980’s hope it brings back memories :) GOOD TIMES
    Indianapolis 500: the simulation – PC 1989, Best racing sim around at the time!!!
    Test Drive PC 1987,
    Test Drive 2 PC 1989,
    Street Rod PC 1989,
    Road Fighter Nintendo 1984,
    Death Track PC 1989.

  11. Marcello

    Wow!!! I thought I was the single person on this planet trying to remeber the name of a 80`s racing game!!!
    The one that is driving me crazy to find it is from the early of the decade, and there was a moment in the the game that an ambulance pass you by. I saw a few seconds of this game in a music clip from The Strokes (http://youtu.be/BXkm6h6uq0k about 24 seconds), and it all came back to me: the afternoons spent in front of that arcade trying to pass to the next fase… Does it ring a bell to someone?

  12. Colza

    Hi, no idea of name but Im trying to remember as well this was a coin op in an arcade in burntisland back in the early eightees….quest continues!

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  14. Ollie

    Does anyone remember the arcade machine Crash and Smash Derby type game that had x4 steering wheels. I’d love to play it again, there don’t seem to be arcades anymore in the UK.

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