Atari created a great driving controller for the Atari 2600, but only released one game to take advantage of it: Indy 500. While Indy 500 is great fun to play, it has a limited number of tracks. Gustavo del Dago developed a new version of Indy 500 titled Indy 500 XE, featuring more tracks (the game has been increased in size from 2K to 4K), double-resolution tracks that allow for more detailed and interesting levels, different car graphics for each player, and more game variations.
Additionally, Gustavo created an easy-to-use Windows-based track editor that allows the easy creation of new tracks, loading and saving of tracks (so you can go back later to refine them), selection of background, playfield, and player colors, and the ability to generate a binary so you can immediately test your creations. AtariAge and Gustavo sponsored an Indy 500 XE Track Design Contest on AtariAge to allow everyone a chance at creating tracks that might be included in a cartridge version of Indy 500 XE. We chose 16 different tracks from the many entries received. You can view the winning entries at the top of the page here, and you can view here and you may view all 274 entries on the submissions page. You can even download the binaries to try them out!
- 1 or 2 Players
- 16 Unique Tracks
- Four Game Variations: Race Car, Crash n' Score, Tag, and Ice Race
- Double-Resolution Tracks (compared to Indy 500)
- Uses Driving Controllers
- Two Different Car Designs
- Beginner and Advanced modes
Includes cartridge and full-color manual.
|Author||Gustavo del Dago|
|Number of Players||1 - 2|
|Label and Manual Design||Tony "Xot" Morse|