Hot Rod

• Publisher: Activision
• Developer:
Software Studios
Release Date: 1989
Ashley Routledge, ...David Saunders
GFX: Ashley Routledge
Music: Jeroen Tel

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 70%
Our Game Rating: 83%


FILE: hotrodend.zip


> HOT ROD by Activision

• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I was a latecomer to this game and didn't get to see or play it until the end of the nineties when someone sent me a copy on disk...

I had high expectations for this game because it was coded by the great Commodore 64 coding team Ashley Routledge and David Daunders, AKA Ash & Dave - and let's not forget the SID genius of Jeroen Tel! And after seeing and hearing the intro to this game, I was beginning to wonder what on earth ZZAP! 64 magazine had reviewed when they scored this 70%. But then I started the game...

Hot Rod is a mix between Super Sprint, Slicks (also by Ash & Dave) and Micro Machines. But unfortunately, the game play just doesn't work. Don't get me wrong - the graphics and sound are nice and the game play is simple enough... but that's the problem: it appears simple and gets boring quite quickly . There's no real excitement to it, which really lets the game down for me and it's lacking in variety. The only saving grace is that Ash & Dave probably learnt from this one and went on to make the superb Codemasters title SLICKS :-)

You can just about spot a dark blue car whizzing passed in the background.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used a trained version by REMEMBER that allowed me to jump straight to Level 22, which is the ending :-)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have completed the final level, the ending screen pops up with an image of our drive and his car pulling a wheelie! The word "CONGRATULATIONS" is displayed at the top and animated cars whiz passed on the road in the background. This is all accompanied by a specific ending tune by Jeroen Tel.


  • Vinny: It's a nice enough ending with a nice enough picture and a nice enough tune. 6/10 from me.
  • Andrew Fisher: Have to say, I preferred Gavin Raeburn's Rally Cross to this official conversion. Hot Rod is polished, especially the intro and the great music, but in game play terms it does not feel as fluid as it could be.

    A reasonable ending to an OK game.
  • Brendan Phoenix: The arcade looped, so nice to see a C64 arcade conversion having an ending when the original does not.
  • Andy Vaisey: I, too, preferred Rally Cross for it's better playability, graphics and price. Hot Rod, however, has a decent enough ending, which is nice to see.

FINAL SAY: It's nice enough...

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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