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Hard Drivin' Hard Drivin' - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Hard Drivin' - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


This game invites players to test drive a high-powered sports car on a stunt course. Players select either an automatic or manual transmission and turn the ignition key to start the game. By taking different off ramps, players can select the track they prefer.

Hard Drivin' was produced by Atari Games in 1989.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Hard Drivin' was produced include: Tetris, Vindicators, Assault, Pot Shot, Toobin', Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters, Cyberball 2072, S.T.U.N. Runner, Badlands, and KLAX


Name Hard Drivin'
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8072
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: Wheel with Force Feedback
  • Shifter: 5-position (1/2/3/4/R)
  • Pedals: 3
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Environmental/Cockpit
Control Panel Hard Drivin' Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

Players select either an automatic or manual transmission and turn the ignition key to start the game. By taking different off-ramps, players can select the track they prefer. While on the stunt track, players can jump a drawbridge, negotiate a high-speed banked turn, and drive a 360-degree vertical loop.

Operator-selectable features include the time allowed from checkpoint to finish line and bonus driving time for a race well-run. The player's view is from the windshield of the car. Fully animated gauges are on the dash graphics on the 25-inch medium resolution monitor are true multi-sided, three-dimensional objects.

Hard Drivin' KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.54 (5 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.68

Overall Like 4.20
Fun (Social) 3.40
Fun (Solo) 3.40
Collector Desire 3.20

Technical Rating: 3.40

Gameplay 3.60
Graphics 3.20
Originality 3.60
Sound/Music 3.20

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

When moving downhill, shift the car into neutral. You will notice that the time will pause giving you more time to finish the lap.

If you make a real hard left turn as soon as time starts, you will drive onto a skidpad.



This was the first driving simulator to use 3-D polygon graphics.

Cabinet Information

The game was first released in a deluxe cockpit version followed by a compact sitdown that looks more like an upright.


The cockpit style uses a Medium-Resolution monitor, while the upright-style uses a Standard-Resolution monitor.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Hard Drivin' Census

There are 14,952 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,357 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 93 known instances of this machine owned by Hard Drivin' collectors who are active members. Of these, 81 of them are original dedicated machines. 12 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 19 active VAPS members with a Hard Drivin' machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Hard Drivin' circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 10 active VAPS members currently looking for Hard Drivin'.

This game ranks a 27 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 15 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Shortly after its realease, games like S.T.U.N. Runner and Race Drivin' were developed, both using similar hardware to this game.


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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2015 1 230.00 230.00
2016 1 230.00 230.00
2017 3 115.00 124.58
2018 1 88.50 88.50
All Years 6 172.50 153.71


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