Power Drift

• Publisher: Activision
• Developer:
Release Date: 1990
Code: Chris Butler

GFX: Chris Butler
Music: Dave Lowe

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 94%
Our Game Rating: 94%


FILE: powerdriftend.zip

> POWER DRIFT by Activision

• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

My number one Commodore 64 programmer strikes again with the fabulous arcade conversion that captured the essence of the original game. It was thought that it could never be done, but once again, Chris Butler proved them wrong and produced a corker of a game.

I remember ignoring this title back in 1990, and it wasn't until 1992/3 that someone had mentioned it to me and said that I was missing a good game by Chris Butler. To be honest, I didn't realise that it was one of Chris' games as I originally had a cracked version that omitted his name. After giving it a go, I was totally hooked!

So now that we know it's a cracking game, is the ending any good?


The End!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I grabbed this ending so long ago that I can't remember what cheat I used :( It was probably a time and level skip cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you complete the final stage, an ending screen appears with the word: "CONGRATULATIONS" sprawled all over the place.


  • Vinny: It's a sad, sad day for Chris Butler fans. Then again, was he just emulating the arcade's ending? I'd like to think so. This ending could have been so much better, but then again, Chris may have run out of memory space.

  • Anthony Burns: Perhaps more tasteful than the ending to Turbocharge ... but massively inferior on every other level.

  • Andrew Fisher: You have to give the guy a break, he crammed twenty-five different stages into a single load and kept the pace of the game up. Yes, it's a very simple "ending". Shame there isn't something for completing all five courses.

  • Kungfufurby: So... many... congratulations... @_@ So... what's the point of this ending? A bunch of congratulations pop up on the screen and after a short time it's back to the select driver screen? OK... o_O

  • Brendan Phoenix: Does the C64 version have the same unlockable machines as the arcade version (and I'm pretty sure the CPC version has). If you came 1st one every stage you could choose either Afterburner or Super Hang On machines (and I think another one??). The arcade ending was kinda similar - think the car spins around to show you face first in the driving position, then a load of congratulations are stamped over the screen

  • Andy Vaisey: Now usually I would complain about a cack ending like this, but in this case I'm cool about it because of how much racing game is crammed into one short load. Personally, I'm glad that a better ending was sacrificed for a top notch racing experience; good decision Mr. Butler!

FINAL SAY: A sad, sad day :(

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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