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Power Drift
Publisher: Sega,
PC Engine
Asmik,
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
DOS-based computers (IBM PC)
MSX
ZX Spectrum
Activision
Developer:
System(s): Sega Y Board, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, TurboGrafx-16, ZX Spectrum
ROM size:
Arcade
6976 KB [1]
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
World
1988-08  ?
PC Engine
JP
1990-04-13 ¥6,900 AS02002


Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99 Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK (The Hit Squad)
£7.99 ?
Atari ST
UK
£19.99 Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2] ?
Atari ST
UK (The Hit Squad)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£14.99 Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (The Hit Squad)
£3.99 ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas AMC 768
Commodore 64
US (Disk)
$39.95 Media:CGW US 072.pdf[3] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£14.99 Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2] ?
Commodore 64
UK (The Hit Squad)
£3.99 ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (The Hit Squad)
£3.99 ?
ZX Spectrum
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas LYSEC-714
DOS-based computers (IBM PC)
US
$? ?
DOS-based computers (IBM PC)
UK
£29.99 Media:CVG UK 105.pdf[4] ?
MSX
ES
?Ptas ?



Power Drift (パワードリフト) is a 1988 kart racing game developed for the Sega Y Board arcade platform. It was designed by Yu Suzuki and developed by his team at Sega AM2.

Gameplay

Like many games for the hardware, Power Drift makes heavy use of sprite scaling and rotation, often referred to as Super Scaler technology. It is one of the more ambitious efforts for what is largely considered "2D" hardware, attempting not only to simulate driving down a road (like OutRun), but hills and bridges, as well as a camera which can tilt as the player drives around corners. There are also twelve playable characters.

History

Power Drift was the first kart racing game, predating Nintendo's Super Mario Kart by four years. While less known in America, it was critically and commercially successful in Europe, according to gaming magazines of its time.

Improving on the "Super Scaler" technology and road scrolling effects of Hang-On, Out Run and After Burner, it created all of its track layouts with flat bitmaps to simulate a wholly 3D space using strictly 2D technology, making much use of sprite-scaling and rotation to create a 3D effect. [5]

Legacy

Unlike other works by Yu Suzuki, such as Space Harrier, OutRun, and After Burner. Power Drift skipped most home consoles and did not appear on a home Sega system until the release of a Sega Saturn conversion in 1998 (as Sega Ages Power Drift). It was instead ported to the PC Engine in Japan (by Asmik Ace Entertainment), and a variety of home computers in North America and Europe, including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, TurboGrafx-16 and ZX Spectrum. All computer versions sacrifice many of the sprite effects, and though some were well received by the gaming press at the time, the limitations turn these versions into very different games.

The arcade version of Power Drift was also included in Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol. 1 for the Sega Dreamcast. The arcade version has never been re-released in the western world.

Unusual for Sega's "Super Scaler" arcade games, Power Drift was never ported to the Mega Drive console. Dempa was planning to port the game to the Mega Drive, but it was later moved to the Sega CD, before the project was eventually cancelled[5]. When Dempa's license expired, Sega briefly worked on a Sega 32X versionMedia:GameFan US 0303.pdf[6], which also did not see the light of day.

The Sonic Drift games for the Sega Game Gear handheld console were based on the gameplay of Power Drift, but with characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.[7]

Production credits

Arcade version

Amiga version

Programmed by ZZKJ
Graphics by Saul
Music by Uncle Art
Produced by Neil
©1988 Sega Enterprises Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Activision UK Ltd
Authorised User.
Game ©1989 Activision
A Software Studios Production

Amstrad CPC version

(C) Sega 1989
(C) Activision Ltd. 1989.
Coding by John Mullings
Graphics by Clive Paul
Music and FX by Dave Lowe.
A Software Studios Production

Commodore 64 version

Code: Chris Butler
Music: Dave Lowe
©SEGA®1988,1989
Activision authorized user

MSX version

(C) Sega 1989
(C) Activision Ltd. 1989.
Coding by John Mullings
Graphics by Clive Paul
Music and FX by Dave Lowe.
A Software Studios Production.
MSX Version by New Frontier.
Coding by Zydro
Music by MC Alby

ZX Spectrum version

(C) Sega 1989
(C) Activision Ltd. 1989.
Coding by John Mullings
Graphics by Clive Paul
Music and FX by Dave Lowe.
A Software Studios Production

PC Engine version

Original Concept: Sega Enterprises Ltd.
Conversion to PC Engine: Asmik

  • Programming: Ishikawa, Kudo Johnny B. Good Eiji
  • Music: Don
  • Graphics: Metali Kawachi
  • Test Play: Push Pop Masa, Onetakesan, George, Andlle Kazama
  • Special Thanks: C. S. All Stars
  • Music Programming: Ishikawa
  • System Creator: Eiji Kudo, Ishikawa
  • Special Advisor: Hiroshi Okamoto, Kazuyuki Takasaki
  • Tools: TRR Team
  • Data Organisation: Baja Baja Kudo
  • Visual Sketch: Metali Kawachi
  • Music Direction: Bakabon Papa
  • Graphics Direction: Zepher
  • Program Direction: Kyusyu Danji
  • Coordinator: Push Pop Masa
  • Producer: Kazuyuki Takasaki
  • Director: O-Boss Y.
  • Support: Nanchan, Mariko Koizumi, Michiyo Sugawara, Gim Keiko
  • Jammer: Meko Saitou, Kaeru Sakurai, Yuco Matui, Hokken Katsu, Taikon, Nari Ozzy
  • Ochakumi: Jyoshidaisei Yuriko, Nari Ozzy, Naaa Kaaa Jieee
  • Executive Director: Toshiyuki Futamura
  • Executive Producer: Takahiro Minami

Gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Power Drift/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Y Board version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №3/89, p60Media:PowerPlay DE 012.pdf[8]Media:PowerPlay DE 012.pdf
100 №79, p82/83Media:SinclairUser UK 079.pdf[9]Media:SinclairUser UK 079.pdf
Arcade
89
Based on
2 reviews

Y Board, US
PowerDrift YBoard US Manual.pdf
Manual
Y Board, JP

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64 №27, p92/93Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2]Media:ACE UK 27.pdf
83 №3, p76/77
88 Vol 2, №8, p35
92 №5, p42/43
91 №1989-12, p53, [2]
70 №74, p36/37
83 №96, p16/17Media:CVG UK 096.pdf[10]Media:CVG UK 096.pdf
90 №25, p90Media:TGM UK 25.pdf[11]Media:TGM UK 25.pdf
85 №2, p26
65 №57, p71
Commodore Amiga
81
Based on
10 reviews

Amiga, UK
PowerDrift Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Amiga, UK (The Hit Squad)


Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
45 №26, p21Media:TGM UK 26.pdf[12]Media:TGM UK 26.pdf
Amstrad CPC
45
Based on
1 review

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)
PowerDrift AmstradCPC EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPowerDrift AmstradCPC EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK (The Hit Squad)
PowerDrift CPC UK Box HitSquad.jpg
Cover
PowerDrift CPC UK Cassette HitSquad.jpg
Cassette
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)
PowerDrift CPC ES Box Cassette MCM.jpg
Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №1990-02, p57Media:ASM DE 1990-02.pdf[13]Media:ASM DE 1990-02.pdf
84 №26, p21Media:TGM UK 26.pdf[12]Media:TGM UK 26.pdf
60 №38, p85
76 №21, p48/49
83 №6, p62/64
Atari ST
81
Based on
5 reviews

Atari ST, UK
PowerDrift ST UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPowerDrift ST UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
Atari ST, UK (The Hit Squad)
PowerDrift AtariST UK Box Front THS.jpg
Cover

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 3/90
72 №27, p92/93Media:ACE UK 27.pdf[2]Media:ACE UK 27.pdf
92 №1989-12, p53, [3]
87 №8.5, p50/51
85 №98, p18
41 №15, p49
80 №74, p38
92 №25, p90Media:TGM UK 25.pdf[11]Media:TGM UK 25.pdf
92 №64, p32/33
94 №55, p68/69
Commodore 64
82
Based on
10 reviews

Commodore 64, US
PowerDrift C64 US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPowerDrift C64 US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, UK
PowerDrift C64 UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPowerDrift C64 UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
PowerDrift C64 UK Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, UK (The Hit Squad)
PowerDrift C64 UK Box THS.jpg
Cover
PowerDrift C64 UK Cassette THS.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, IT

DOS version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №106, p54Media:CVG UK 106.pdf[14]Media:CVG UK 106.pdf
62 №8, p167
DOS-based computers (IBM PC)
71
Based on
2 reviews

DOS, US

MSX version

MSX, ES

PC Engine version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №35, p60Media:ACE UK 35.pdf[15]Media:ACE UK 35.pdf
90 №1990-07, [4]
87 №2, p9/60
85
87 №33, p52Media:TGM UK 33.pdf[16]Media:TGM UK 33.pdf
81 №6, p90Media:Joystick FR 006.pdf[17]Media:Joystick FR 006.pdf
PC Engine
82
Based on
6 reviews

PC Engine, JP
Power Drift PCE HuCard JP Back.jpgPower Drift PCE HuCard JP Spine.jpgPowerDrift PCE JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
PowerDrift PCE JP Card Back.jpgPowerDrift PCE JP Card.jpg
Card
Power Drift PCE HuCard JP Manual.pdf
Manual

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №71, p70
71 №95, p63
79 №93, p39Media:SinclairUser UK 093.pdf[18]Media:SinclairUser UK 093.pdf
81 №118, p49Media:SinclairUser UK 118.pdf[19]Media:SinclairUser UK 118.pdf
82 №49, p23Media:YourSinclair UK 49.pdf[20]Media:YourSinclair UK 49.pdf
ZX Spectrum
79
Based on
5 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK

ZX Spectrum, UK
(The Hit Squad)
PowerDrift Spectrum EU Box THS.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
Power Drift Spectrum EU MCM Box.jpg
Cover

Unreleased versions

Notavailable.svg
Power Drift
Publisher: Sega
Planned release date:
Sega Mega Drive
1991
Sega Mega-CD
1992-04/1992-05Media:EGM US 029.pdf[21]
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega 32X

The game was apparently due to be ported to the Mega Drive and Mega-CD. The Mega Drive version was mentioned in the December 1990 issue of Mean Machines, with an expected release date of Easter 1991, and the Mega-CD version was announced shortly before the system launched, with an expected release of "late Spring" 1992 (April/May). Neither version ever came out.

Magazine articles

References

  1. http://www.mamedb.com/game/pdrift
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 File:ACE UK 27.pdf, page 93
  3. File:CGW US 072.pdf, page 6
  4. File:CVG UK 105.pdf, page 13
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/powerdrift/powerdrift.htm
  6. File:GameFan US 0303.pdf, page 114
  7. http://toucharcade.com/2014/01/03/sonic-all-stars-racing-transformed-review-an-all-star-sequel/
  8. File:PowerPlay DE 012.pdf, page 60
  9. File:SinclairUser UK 079.pdf, page 82
  10. File:CVG UK 096.pdf, page 16
  11. 11.0 11.1 File:TGM UK 25.pdf, page 90
  12. 12.0 12.1 File:TGM UK 26.pdf, page 21
  13. File:ASM DE 1990-02.pdf, page 57
  14. File:CVG UK 106.pdf, page 54
  15. File:ACE UK 35.pdf, page 60
  16. File:TGM UK 33.pdf, page 52
  17. File:Joystick FR 006.pdf, page 86
  18. File:SinclairUser UK 093.pdf, page 39
  19. File:SinclairUser UK 118.pdf, page 49
  20. File:YourSinclair UK 49.pdf, page 23
  21. File:EGM US 029.pdf, page 122