Steeplechase (video game)

Steeplechase is an sports video game by released in arcades 1975 by Atari, Inc.[6] Developed by Atari subsidiary Kee Games, it simulates a steeplechase-style horse race. It was distributed in Japan by Nakamura Seisakusho (Namco) in 1976.

Arcade flyer
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Publisher(s)Sears (2600)
Designer(s)Lyle Rains[4]
Programmer(s)Jim Huether (2600)[5]
Atari 2600: 1980
Mode(s)Up to 6 players

Gameplay edit

Up to six players can play against each other, each choosing a horse while the computer controls the seventh horse on the bottom. Each player's horse begins galloping, and the players must jump over obstacles in their lanes by pressing their colored buttons. The horse that successfully jumps all obstacles smoothly becomes the fastest horse and wins.

Development edit

The game was originally called AstroTurf, and all printed circuit boards still have the name on the board.[6] The game is housed in a custom extra wide cabinet that six individually colored and lit buttons used to make a player's horse jump. The monitor is a 23" black and white CRT monitor with 6 color overlays to make each of the 6 horizontally stacked lanes match their colored button counterparts. Sounds include a bugle, galloping hoof beats, and crowd cheers.

Ports edit

A conversion for the Atari Video Computer System programmed by Jim Huether was released under the same name in 1980.[5] It was developed at Atari and distributed under Sears' Tele-Games label.[7] It is one of three games from Atari exclusively for the Tele-Games line.[8]

Legacy edit

A European version was released by Löwen-Automaten.[9] A Soviet clone of this machine with exact gameplay and graphics, but different cabinet was called Skachki, which can be literally translated as "horse race".

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Steeplechase flyers". The Arcade Flyer Archive. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Production Numbers" (PDF). Atari Games. August 31, 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Steeple Chase". Media Arts Database. Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Steeplechase". Arcade History.
  5. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  6. ^ a b "Steeplechase Killer List of Video Games Entry". Retrieved 2007-07-14.
  7. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Steeplechase entry". Retrieved 2007-07-14.
  8. ^ Yarusso, Albert. "Atari 2600 - Sears — Picture Label Variation". AtariAge. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  9. ^ . "Steeplechase German Flyer". Retrieved 2007-07-14.

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