Hi-way, also known as Highway,[2] is a 1975 single-player arcade racing game by Atari Inc. Marketed with the slogan "Hi Way — All It Needs Is Wheels", it was Atari's first game to use a sit-down arcade cabinet.[3]

Hi-Way 1975 arcade flyer.jpg
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.


This is a game where the player dodges cars on both sides of a narrow two-lane road. For every car successfully passed, one point is awarded. If the player hit a car on the road, the player loses all momentum and does not gain any points. Contrary to previous driving games where the player stood in front of the steering wheel, the player is seated. The game ends when time runs out.


The game hardware is a pre-microprocessor discrete transistor-transistor logic (TTL) design, and used the Durastress process. The cabinet was patented Oct. 20, 1975: (U.S. Patent # D243,626).

The game uses vertical scrolling, influenced by Taito's Speed Race (1974), which was released by Midway Manufacturing as Racer in North America. Hi-way is also the first racing video game to use a sit-down cabinet similar to older electro-mechanical games.[4] The same cabinet design would be used the next year with Atari's popular driving game Night Driver (1976).[5]


  1. ^ "Video Game Flyers: Highway, Atari, Inc. (France)". The Arcade Flyer Archive. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Production Numbers" (PDF). Atari. 1999.
  3. ^ "Atari Timeline: 1975". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  4. ^ Barton, Matt (8 May 2019). Vintage Games 2.0: An Insider Look at the Most Influential Games of All Time. CRC Press. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-000-00092-4.
  5. ^ "Space Wars and Cinematronics". Retrieved 2021-03-25.

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