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Once praised for its technological accomplishments and high level of difficulty, the arcade classic video game, Rally-X, is now available for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

Rally-X screen shot pursuing car

An 80’s classic arcade game, Rally-X, is now available for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Rally-X was released by NAMCO in 1980. In the game, players control a car and navigate through a maze while dodging enemy cars and collecting flags. At the time of its release, Rally-X was praised for its technological accomplishments and high level of difficulty.

About the Arcade Archives series

Rally-X is part of the Arcade Archives series. Using simulator technology, the series has faithfully reproduced many classic Arcade masterpieces. Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.

About the classic Rally-X arcade game

Rally-X is a maze chase game where the player controls a blue Formula One racecar. The objective is to collect yellow flags that are scattered around an enclosed maze while avoiding collision with red-colored cars that pursue the player. Mazes scroll in the four cardinal directions and are clustered with dead ends, long corridors, and stationary boulders that are harmful to the player. Each level contains ten flags that increase their point value when collected in succession. One of the flags is a “Special Flag”, indicated by an S next to it, which doubles the value of each flag collected thereafter. The player can temporarily stun the red cars with smoke screens, which depletes a portion of their fuel meter at the right of the screen. The meter constantly depletes the longer the player takes in a level, and acts as a timer. As the game progresses, more red cars are added and become more aggressive.

The player has a radar beneath their fuel meter, which displays their current position on the map as well as the location of the flags and red cars. The third level and every fourth thereafter is a bonus round, where the objective is to collect the flags in a certain amount of time. In these bonus rounds, the red cars remain idle and will not chase the player unless their fuel is empty.

You can read more about the Rally-X release at Hamster’s official website. Check out screenshots from the game in the pictorial gallery below.

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• Rally-X screen shot pursuing car via Arcade Archives with usage type - News Release Media
• Rally-X screen shot boulder impedes progress via Arcade Archives with usage type - News Release Media
• Rally-X screen shot smoke screen and flag via Arcade Archives with usage type - News Release Media
• Rally-X screen shot boulders via Arcade Archives with usage type - News Release Media
• Rally-X screen shot start of race via Arcade Archives with usage type - News Release Media
• Rally-X screen shot crash via Arcade Archives with usage type - News Release Media

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• Rally-X screen shot pursuing car via Arcade Archives with usage type - News Release Media