Atari's Forgotten Arcade Classics

As Atari turns 45 this month, a look at 10 of its little-known coin-op games from the early 1970s



Atari created what was likely the first "cockpit" arcade cabinet in 1975 for Hi-Way, a third-person overhead racing game (black and white, as usual). This title stood out in the arcade because the player would sit down in a simulated car cockpit – a molded-fiberglass seat attached to a console with a steering wheel and gear-shift. Accordingly, gas and brake pedals sat on the cabinet floor. The graphics, while still primitive, presented an improvement over Gran Trak 10/20, but players still guided the action from an overhead point of view. Atari would release a popular first-person cockpit racing game, Night Driver, the following year.

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