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 you dodge cars on both sides of a narrow two lane road. For every car you pass you gain one point. If you hit a car on the road you lose all your momentum and do not gain the point. The player will sit in a cabinet and steer with a steering wheel. 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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