Atari Brings Back Night Driver, Sort Of

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Released in arcades in 1976, Atari’s original Night Driver is an outstanding example of doing more with less, simulating first-person driving through nothing more than a series of scrolling rectangles. The new Night Driver, coming soon to Android and iOS, looks like any other mobile racing game.


Nothing wrong with a mobile racing game—I’ve enjoyed my fair share. It’s a genre that works pretty well on touchscreen platforms. It’s just that this...

Illustration for article titled Atari Brings Back Night Driver, Sort Of so far removed from this...

The original emulated using Mame, via Dick Moreland on YouTube.

Using the same name feels almost disrespectful. Maybe it’s just me. They had a cockpit version of Night Driver in the arcade at the local swim club my mom used to take us to when I was little, and I played the hell out of it. It’s a special memory for me. To others it’s just a name, I guess.

Here’s the official description of the new Night Driver:

Inspired by the original, Night Driver offers a range of different slick and powerful vehicles that players can race down the illuminated highway in an exhilarating wild ride under the night sky. Upgrade and enhance your car’s look, performance and style in this reimagined arcade revival that features breathtaking locations, a 360 degree showroom and multiple game modes.

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Don’t rely on Atari to do anything right. Seriously. They could draft the Patriots in peewee football and still lose the game.