Atari A to Z: Baja Buggies

You know me, I love an arcade racer. And while the Atari 8-bit era was very much a time where this genre was just starting to define itself, there were still some fun, interesting games to enjoy.

Baja Buggies from Gamestar is a game from the early days of the system that I didn’t play that often back in the day, primarily because it was on cassette, and who has time to sit around waiting for those things when you have a US Doubler-equipped 1050 disk drive for high-speed floppy loading goodness? (Said drive died recently, please raise a glass in memoriam. Thank you.)

Anyway. It’s an interesting racer that eschews the Pole Position timers-and-checkpoints formula in favour of an endurance race format: pass 80 opponents before you wreck your buggy or cross the finish line. The desert awaits!

Find a full archive of all the Atari A to Z videos on the official site.

2 thoughts on “Atari A to Z: Baja Buggies”

    1. Yes! Someone else brought up its predecessor Enduro over on YouTube. This predates both of those games. Big fan of both, though.

      GACCRR used to make me cry when I was a child because I thought the timer “cheated”. Turns out I just didn’t understand what gears did. Pulling away in 5th gear is not how you win a race.

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