by Atari, 1976
STATUS: No Longer In the Collection
Post from old site last updated 2/29/2004
Description of game:
Old B&W driving classic. Instead of a road to navigate, you have to stay within the reflector markers on the left and right. Was a really ingenious way of making a driving game back before good graphics were in use. This also was a hit on the Atari 2600 because of its graphic limitations.
Different games that this cabinet plays:
Dedicated cabinet only for Night Driver
How I got it:
My Mom actually bought this for me! She picked it up at a yard sale for $15. The guy she bought if from said it worked fine until one day when it went "poof!". Turns out it was a bad monitor. As for the cabinet, it looks like it took some water damage. The cab is actually falling apart at the bottom (that’s why there is twine around the base in the pics). Hopefully it can be repaired without too much effort. The sideart looks pretty good, so I didn’t want to screw it up too much. Check out the third pic on the left. Looks like a racoon lived on it for a while. At least that is what the footprints look like.
Just turned it on to see a bad monitor. The sounds (as bad as they are) indicate that it works properly. I can actually get it to play, until I hear the horrible crash sound.
What it still needed when I sold it:
Needed the monitor repaired, and I got rid of it before I learned how to repair them. One of my early collecting casualties! Also needed a bit of cabinet work since it was starting to come apart.
Who has it now:
Actually gave it away to another collector because I needed the space and repairing it was beyond my capabilities at the time.
Kind of cool to get a driving game. I actually really like this game. Haven’t played it for about 15 years, so I don’t even know how good I am any more. Just a shame it had to go before I learned enough to fix it!