Speed Race

Speed Race (arcade)   1974


First racing game with scrolling graphics, first vertical scrolling game


Arcade system: Taito Discrete Logic

Monochrome game

Speed Race arcade

Gameplay video

1) Featured an early racing wheel controller interface with an accelerator, gear shift, speedometer and tachometer. It could be played in either single-player or alternating two-player, where each player attempts to beat the other's score.
2) Sprites moved along a vertical scrolling overhead track, with the course becoming wider or narrower as the player's car moves up the road, while the player races against other rival cars, more of which appear as the score increases. The faster the player's car drives, the more the score increases.
The game also featured an early example of difficulty levels, giving players an option between "Beginner's race" and Advanced player's race.

3) First sidescrolling game is Steeplechase (1975).

4) Game is not emulated.

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