Jump to content

Photo

HSC Season 6 Week 50: Dragster


39 replies to this topic

#1 Ze_ro OFFLINE  

Ze_ro

    Quadrunner

  • 8,512 posts
  • Things aren't different. Things are things.

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:55 AM

Important Note: This weeks competition is over and no further scores will be accepted.

Strap yourself in, and get ready for the green light. It's time to put the pedal to the metal and burn rubber down the quarter mile. Speed is the name of the game, and you'll have to push your engine to the absolute limit in order to win, because this week's game is Dragster!

Important Note: This is the final game of Season 6. Season 7 will start next week with everyones scores reset! For the final Season 6 standings, please see this post.

Posted Image


Game Information
  • Game Name: Dragster
  • Released By: Activision, 1980
  • Left Difficulty: N/A
  • Right Difficulty: N/A
  • Game Mode: Game 1 - Straight-Ahead Dragster
  • Chosen By: Ze_ro
Post your scores right here in this thread, and I will add them to the list. Remember to play the game with the recommended game mode and difficulty settings as shown above so that your scores will be consistent with everyone elses. The deadline for posting scores is Wednesday August 19th at 1:00 AM (CST).

Current High Scores
  • 5.54 (Atardi) [+11] [+2]
  • 5.61 (the 5th ghost) [+10] [+2]
  • 5.77 (rmartin) [+9] [+2]
  • 5.78 (Animan) [+8] [+2]
  • 5.84 (vjames) [+7] [+2]
    5.84 (toymailman) [+7] [+2]
  • 5.94 (sloth713) [+6] [+2]
  • 5.97 (LarcenTyler) [+5] [+2]
    5.97 (Zoyx) [+5] [+2]
    5.97 (darthkur) [+5] [+2]
  • 6.04 (shadow460) [+4]
  • 6.17 (ChrisKoopa) [+3]
  • 6.24 (aftermac) [+2]
  • 6.51 (godzillajoe) [+1]
  • 6.64 (Wickeycolumbus) [+1]
  • 6.68 (Kurt_Woloch) [+1]
  • 6.94 (roadrunner) [+1]
Best Tips
sloth713 [+2]
Challenges
  • Patch Challenge - World Class Dragster Club - Finish with a time of 6.00
    or less and get 2 extra points!
TwinGalaxies Top 3
(Game 1, Difficulty B)
  • 5.51 (Todd Rogers)
  • 5.61 (David B Yancey, Douglas C Korekach)
  • 5.74 (Wolff K Morrow)
Current Standings
  • toymailman [482]
  • darthkur [360]
  • Deteacher [343]
  • aftermac [298]
  • Kurt_Woloch [217]
  • Impaler_26 [174]
  • Mister VCS [135]
  • shadow460 [117]
  • DarthCalvin [117]
  • SpiceWare [112]
  • vjames [108]
  • Atardi [105]
  • jjd [98]
  • LarcenTyler [91]
  • sloth713 [69]
  • Hornpipe2 [55]
  • doctorclu [54]
  • the 5th ghost [47]
  • Nathan Strum [46]
  • mcge0053 [44]
  • ChrisKoopa [43]
  • Zoyx [35]
  • roadrunner [33]
  • SeaGtGruff [31]
  • IHATETHEBEARS [27]
  • Jess Ragan [26]
  • theKLT [26]
  • homerwannabee [22]
  • godzillajoe [21]
  • Shannon [20]
  • Jred [20]
  • LaserHawk [20]
  • Spector [20]
  • chuckwalla [19]
  • Omegamatrix [19]
  • ClassicGMR [18]
  • iangamer [15]
  • MrBeefy [14]
  • Wickeycolumbus [14]
  • LoneWolfSeth [12]
  • Thomas Jentzsch [12]
  • midnight magicman [11]
  • vdub_bobby [11]
  • Phantom [11]
  • ed1475 [10]
  • Animan [10]
  • Random Terrain [10]
  • maf [9]
  • TimsterAA [9]
  • DtY [8]
  • ballistik [8]
  • missioncontrol [8]
  • LS_Dracon [7]
  • BSA Starfire's girlfriend [7]
  • RJ [6]
  • mightymage [5]
  • 4Ks [5]
  • Dryerlint [5]
  • lucifershalo [5]
  • Blackjack [5]
  • phaxda [5]
  • Vectorman0 [4]
  • vintagegamecrazy [4]
  • Captain Beard [3]
  • mika [3]
  • rasty [3]
  • Cream147 [3]
  • Trinity [2]
  • joeypsp [2]
  • rheffera [2]
  • pacmanplayer [2]
  • ratfink [2]
  • flammingcowz [2]
  • Lendorien [1]
  • Crazy Climber [1]
  • Dan Iacovelli [1]
  • Cafeman [1]
  • Yar76 [1]
  • Artlover [1]
  • brandonwright [1]
  • holgibo [1]





Scoring Points in Dragster
  • This game is all about getting the best time. See the manual for information on how to play.

Hints and Tips
The Manual
As always, you really should read the manual. In case you don't have the manual, AtariAge has a scanned copy and a typed copy available online. Here are the hints it provides:
  • The key to World Class times in Dragster is training your reflexes to clutch and shift quickly, accelerating at maximum power in each gear without blowing your engine. Call it racing shifting, if you like, but it's the only way you'll get your speed down under seven seconds.
  • There are a couple of tricks that are not so obvious. For example, put the clutch in during the last numbers of the countdown, hold it in, rev up (careful) and pop the clutch by letting go of the Joystick the instant the screen reads 0.
  • Then you should try to rev your engine to keep the tach in the red as you go through all four gears (without blowing your engine). You've got to keep your revs up for speed.
  • If you drop out of the red in any gear (and particularly in third or fourth), try tapping the Joystick quickly to the left a few times ("popping the clutch") to get added acceleration.
  • Do a wheelie? Sure, go ahead. When your front wheels come up off the road, you're getting maximum acceleration. But watch out! Push the gas too hard and you'll blow!
It's also worth pointing out that we played this game a few years back. You might want to check it out for further hints.
vjames
Seems it doesn't matter much when you shift so long as you're getting wheelspin. In fact, I got the same results when I shifted to fourth in less than 2 seconds. Really adds a challenge to have to not blow the engine at the end of the course...
sloth713
The best piece of advice I can give is skip to 2nd gear as quick as possible off the start. Also make sure that your taps to left to shift are as quick as humanly possible.

--Zero

#2 Wickeycolumbus OFFLINE  

Wickeycolumbus

    Red Sea Crosser

  • 5,141 posts
  • Location:Michigan

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:14 AM

8:01

Attached Thumbnails

  • Picture_8.png


#3 darthkur OFFLINE  

darthkur

    River Patroller

  • 4,335 posts
  • Traveler in time
  • Location:Western North Carolina

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:34 AM

5.91


I thought that I'd give it a little "test drive" on Stella before setting up the VCS.


dragster_auto.bin_3.png

#4 roadrunner OFFLINE  

roadrunner

    Quadrunner

  • 11,282 posts

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:06 PM

6.94



#5 Lauren Tyler OFFLINE  

Lauren Tyler

    River Patroller

  • 2,850 posts
  • Ragolian Ranger
  • Location:Ragol System

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:35 PM

5.97

Finally, beat the Activision record! :D

Edited by LarcenTyler, Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:41 PM.


#6 godzillajoe OFFLINE  

godzillajoe

    River Patroller

  • 2,568 posts
  • Location:watch city, ma

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:23 PM

What is the theoretical best time possible on this one again?

This is a limit right?

#7 Wickeycolumbus OFFLINE  

Wickeycolumbus

    Red Sea Crosser

  • 5,141 posts
  • Location:Michigan

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:37 PM

6:64

Attached Thumbnails

  • Picture_10.png


#8 toymailman OFFLINE  

toymailman

    River Patroller

  • 2,182 posts

Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:03 PM

5.91
Dragster1BB_HSC_6_50.jpg

#9 ChrisKoopa OFFLINE  

ChrisKoopa

    Chopper Commander

  • 100 posts

Posted Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:31 AM

6.17
Posted Image

#10 vjames OFFLINE  

vjames

    Space Invader

  • 45 posts

Posted Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:29 PM

5.84

Seems it doesn't matter much when you shift so long as you're getting wheelspin. In fact, I got the same results when I shifted to fourth in less than 2 seconds. Really adds a challenge to have to not blow the engine at the end of the course...

It would be neat if the countdown was random - this would test your reflexes instead of your timing (which always gets better with practice).

Those TwinGalaxies scores are amazing...

Attached Thumbnails

  • P1090828.JPG


#11 godzillajoe OFFLINE  

godzillajoe

    River Patroller

  • 2,568 posts
  • Location:watch city, ma

Posted Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:26 PM

I hate this game.

There. I said it.

I don't think I've gotten out of first gear yet without my engine dissolving into a puddle of molten goo.

More practice over the weekend.

#12 shadow460 OFFLINE  

shadow460

    Gunslinger

  • 16,599 posts
  • *bink* Good Shot
  • Location:The Blue Zone

Posted Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:33 PM

Rolled it! 99.99. :D

And I rolled it again! :D

My first posted time was the 6:04 in the bottom lane and my best time so far is 5.91 also in the bottom lane. I plugged in a LaserActive controller and tunred it upside down, then put it on the table. I used my fingers to work the controls, left index finger to hit B and right to hit the clutch and/or reset.

Attached Thumbnails

  • P081309222846.jpg
  • P081509032319_01.jpg

Edited by shadow460, Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:29 AM.


#13 Animan OFFLINE  

Animan

    River Patroller

  • 2,391 posts
  • Just some guy who plays Atari and watches Anime.
  • Location:Texas

Posted Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:52 PM

Man, so close to becoming the third world best...
5.78...

Attached Thumbnails

  • dragsterscore.JPG

Edited by Animan, Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:53 PM.


#14 godzillajoe OFFLINE  

godzillajoe

    River Patroller

  • 2,568 posts
  • Location:watch city, ma

Posted Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:48 AM

6.88 but I think I can do better. I sorta "get it" now

Wish you could reset with the joystick.

a six second game and you gotta get up and press reset every time. Ugh.

#15 shadow460 OFFLINE  

shadow460

    Gunslinger

  • 16,599 posts
  • *bink* Good Shot
  • Location:The Blue Zone

Posted Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:20 AM

6.88 but I think I can do better. I sorta "get it" now

Wish you could reset with the joystick.

a six second game and you gotta get up and press reset every time. Ugh.


You can. Wait until both tachometers are at zero, then push the stick to the right. Works anytime the tachs are at zero, not just at the end of the game.

#16 godzillajoe OFFLINE  

godzillajoe

    River Patroller

  • 2,568 posts
  • Location:watch city, ma

Posted Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:30 PM

Cool. I will try that. Thanks.

#17 aftermac OFFLINE  

aftermac

    River Patroller

  • 2,447 posts
  • Location:Detroit

Posted Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:15 PM

6.57

Picture_28.png

#18 toymailman OFFLINE  

toymailman

    River Patroller

  • 2,182 posts

Posted Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:44 PM

New personal best for me on this one.

5.84
Dragster1BB_HSC_6_50.jpg

#19 toymailman OFFLINE  

toymailman

    River Patroller

  • 2,182 posts

Posted Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:04 PM

Does anyone know if there a setting that I must have enabled to view the "current standings" animated list? Thanks.

#20 aftermac OFFLINE  

aftermac

    River Patroller

  • 2,447 posts
  • Location:Detroit

Posted Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:35 AM

6.27

Picture_35.png

#21 Atardi OFFLINE  

Atardi

    Chopper Commander

  • 145 posts
  • Location:France

Posted Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:03 AM

5.54

Posted Image

#22 homerwannabee OFFLINE  

homerwannabee

    D'oh level

  • 9,477 posts
  • Location:highdesert

Posted Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:06 AM

5.54

Posted Image

:-o :-o :-o :-o :-o :-o :-o :-o :-o
That is an amazing score!

#23 Ze_ro OFFLINE  

Ze_ro

    Quadrunner

  • Topic Starter
  • 8,512 posts
  • Things aren't different. Things are things.

Posted Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:50 AM

I forgot to include the patch challenge when I made the initial post, but it's there now. 2 extra points if you can break 6.00.

--Zero

#24 the 5th ghost OFFLINE  

the 5th ghost

    River Patroller

  • 2,103 posts
  • Location:Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:53 AM

5.54

Posted Image


Holy smokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You must describe how you did that, please.

I've been stuck at 5.61 and never cracked the 5.5s

You are one tick away from perhaps the ultimate world record in Atari history, held by Todd Rogers (5.51)

Amazing and congrats!

#25 Vectorman0 OFFLINE  

Vectorman0

    Chopper Commander

  • 207 posts
  • Location:Connecticut, USA

Posted Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:00 AM

5.54

Posted Image


Was this with a PAL cartridge? Does anyone know if PAL is timed differently? (I ask because I have a feeling the answer is "yes" to both)

Either way, that is a very impressive time!




0 user(s) are browsing this forum

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users