Rally

written by Matthew Reed

Title:Rally
Author:J. Weaver Jr.
Publisher:Soft Sector Marketing
Released:1982
Compatibility:Model I and III, disk and tape
Sound:Yes
Voice:Yes
Joystick:Yes
This game is offered for download by permission of its author, J. Weaver Jr. All copyrights remain with the copyright holder.
Download the Model I/III version
Rally advertisement

Portion of Soft Sector Marketing advertisement from the March 1983 issue of 80 Micro

Rally was written by J. Weaver Jr. (Factory Programming) and distributed by Soft Sector Marketing. Rally was based on Rally-X, which was released by Namco in 1980.

The goal in Rally is to collect all of the flags in a maze, while avoiding “enemy cars”. Touching an enemy car causes you to lose your life.

Collecting a flag is as simple as running over it. “Point flags” start out with a value of 10 points. Every point flag collected increased the value of the next point flag by 10 points. Every “bonus flag” collected doubles the value of subsequent point flags. Losing a life resets all flag values to their initial values.

Rally title screen

Title screen

Rally instructions

Instructions

Pressing the SPACE BAR blows a “smoke screen” which momentarily confuses the enemy cars.

A map on the right side of the screen shows where you are in the maze. The map is a little bit difficult to understand at first, but the enemy cars show up as smaller blocks and the flags as larger blocks.

Driving around the maze uses up fuel, and there is a limited amount. Running out of fuel makes your car run very slowly and eventually stop. Collecting all of the flags before time runs out earns more fuel for the next round.

Start of game

Start of game

Later in the game

Later in the game

Rally does a good job of using TRS‑80 characters to help distinguish the player from the enemy cars and the flags, instead of colors as in the arcade version.

This game is offered for download by permission of its author, J. Weaver Jr. All copyrights remain with the copyright holder.
Download the Model I/III version of _Rally_

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