EPYX ... 16K ROM ... 1/4 PLAYERS
Not surprisingly PITSTOP is a racing
game. In a joystick controlled formula one car, the player(s) can race
around a chosen circuit as many times as he/she wishes. Grand Prix
options include Monaco and Kyalami and a host of others.
Speed, time, fuel consumption and a map
of the circuit are shown as you race past other drivers. Just another
run of the mill driving game you might think but the best is yet to
come! An extra feature in PITSTOP which makes it different to other
racing games is that your tyres wear out after every few collisions
and the lighter in colour they become, the nearer they are to blowing
up. To add to this problem your fuel runs out as you race so that you
must make a judgement about when to pull into the pits.
In the pits, the player sees four men,
one holding a flag to allow you to leave the pits. one holding a fuel
pipe and two ready to change your tyres. Having stopped the car you
must use the joystick to select one of the pit crew to change tyres or
re-fuel. The chosen mechanic must be guided either to the tyre to be
changed or to the petrol tank to perform his task Care must be taken
not to overfill the tank which may then explode causing you to re-fuel
from scratch. Changing tyres means that your crew member must remove
and replace each tyre. All the while the clock keeps ticking and the
other cars can be seen flashing by at the top of the screen. Time is
crucial and as soon as you have finished you must select the man with
the flag to re-start the race.
PITSTOP is not as good as POLE POSITION
but with the added features it comes a pretty close second. You can
even hold a competition with up to three friends.