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    Version: 1.02 | Updated: 08/28/03 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

                             | N I G H T   D R I V E R |
                  GAME:  NIGHT DRIVER
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  DRIVING/RACING
               CREATOR:  ATARI Copyright 1976
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.02
                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    6.  The Game
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Field
        6.3  Scoring
    7.  Playing the Game
    8.  Conclusion
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    ********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
    This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal
    private use.  It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advanced permission from the author.  Use of this guide on
    any other web sit or as part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and
    a violation of copyright.  All content in this guide is Copyright 2003 by
    Kevin Butler.  Only the sites listed below have permission to publish this
    work or to display it:
    If you wish to put this guide on your site, e-mail me and ask.  Save yourself
    the headache of putting up with lawsuits and whatnot because you failed to ask
    a simple "Can I post your guide on <insert site>?".  If you wish to use info
    in this guide, please acknowledge that you have done so.
    If you see this guide on any other site then the one listed above, please
    e-mail me.  If you wish to ask questions or give input to this guide, please
    e-mail me.  Just have Night Driver as the subject so I know it isn't another
    kooky vendor trying to sell me hair gel or another XXX site telling me I have
    new friends.
    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
    Version 1.0   8/13/03:  A guide is born.
    Version 1.01  8/16/03:  Fixed some formatting errors.
    Version 1.02  8/28/03:  Fixed a couple of errors.
    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Atari for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    Welcome to my FAQ for Night Driver.  Since the game is just a driving game that
    requires you to get a certain amount of points to continue driving, there is no
    walkthrough per se. Instead it will be broken up into the game itself and
    strategies for survival.  Input is appreciated along with constructive
    criticism.  If you wish to e-mail me thoughts on this FAQ, better ways of doing
    things, other strategies, etc., feel free.  Make sure you put Night Driver as
    the subject.  If you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail as spam.
    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    Night Driver was the first "first-person" perspective driving game.  It was
    simple in design.  A totally black field that only had white fence posts (or
    whatever you want to call them) outlining the road.  Apparently this was to
    give the illusion of headlights hitting the posts at night.  Atari had already
    been in the video game business for four years after their commercial intro-
    duction of Pong.  This was, of course, before Asteroids would put Atari on the
    map forever in the arcade business.  In reality, although simple in design, the
    game introduced many features that would be copied by later games such as the
    gas pedal in the cabinet, gear shift, and steering wheel controls.  Have fun
    and good luck navigating the hazardous roads ahead.
    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    Night Driver is a simple two-dimensional driving game.  Your perspective is
    from behind the wheel of the car as you drive down the highway.  The object is
    to score points by getting as much distance as possible in the least amount of
    time.  Those who are good enough can get bonus time for a specific amount of
    points.  Beware, though, it will not be as easy as it seems.
    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    The controls on this game are pretty easy.  They are set up with a driver in
    mind.  Unfortunately, if you are left-handed, the controls (especially the
    gearshift) may prove to be a challenge).
    -  A steering wheel
    -  A gear shift that goes from gears 1-4
    -  A gas pedal at the bottom of the cabinet
    / 6.2  The Playing Field /_____________________________________________________
    The playing field is really simple.  All that really shows up (besides your
    score, top speed, etc at the top of the screen) are the white posts marking the
    road.  Here is an example of the playing field.  Keep in mind that most every-
    thing is in reverse color (in other words, black background white lettering):
        | HIGH SCORE 000                                      TOP SPEED 000 |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                             ATARI |
        |                                                                   |
        | YOUR SCORE 000                                      TOP SPEED 000 |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                             __        __                          |
        |                            |  |      |  |                         |
        |                          __|__|      |__|__                       |
        |                         |  |            |  |                      |
        |                         |__|            |__|                      |
        |                                                                   |
        |                 __                               __               |
        |                |  |                             |  |              |
        |                |  |<--- WHITE FENCE POSTS ----->|  |              |
        |                |__|                             |__|              |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |        __                                               __        |
        |       |  |                                             |  |       |
        |       |  |                                             |  |       |
        |       |__|                                             |__|       |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        | GEAR 2 <-PRESENT GEAR                      TRACK LEVEL ->NOVICE   |
    You control your car to avoid the fence posts while trying to get a high enough
    score for extra time.
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    Scoring in this game is really simple.  Your score is tied to distance
    traveled so obviously you want to cover the most amount of distance in the
    shortest period of time. 
    The game will start you off with either 100 or 125 seconds to get the required
    350 points for extra time.
    ******************************** U N I T  III *********************************
    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    When you start the game, you will have a choice of which track you want to
    drive on.  Your choices are:  Novice, Expert, and Pro.  The track selected
    directly effects your points/distance ratio.  Obviously, the harder the track
    the faster the points go up.  Of course, the harder the track, the more twists,
    turns, and narrow sections you must deal with.
    -  Try to stay in the middle of the road as much as possible.  Especially
       around curves since it is very easy to run into the fence posts.
    -  Learn how to use the gears and gas pedal with proficiency.  What I mean by
       this is it is better to let up on the gas or downshift on curves then trying
       to barrel through them at top speed.  It takes a lot more time to get off a
       fence post then if you had just taken the curve slower.
    -  Your goal is to get the points necessary to get bonus time.  Once you get
       proficient at one track, go to the next track.  After a while, you will find
       that the Expert and Pro tracks are actually easier then the Novice track.
    -  Steering on this game is pretty easy although you need to watch out since
       the car does have a tendency to drift.  Small corrections in the steering
       should keep that problem in check.
    ********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************
    | 9.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    Besides Pong, this was one of the first video games I played as a kid.  I
    remember begging to borrow a quarter from my dad since this game sat in the
    corner of the local convenience store.  I also remember this game in the local
    bowling alleys.  It was definitely a challenge.  At that time, most games were
    time based and one's skill determined whether they got to continue on or just
    accept the score they got.  Although simple in design, it was still a fun game
    to play.  Unfortunately, it is very rare to find this machine anywhere.  How-
    ever, through the miracle of emulation, a whole new generation is realizing
    what we "old" folks enjoyed those many years ago.  I hope this guide helps you
    in being able to get the most amount of gameplay for this game.  If you do have
    other ideas or thoughts, please e-mail me and share them.  Who knows, maybe
    I'll start a Q&A Chapter in this guide if enough people ask the same questions.
    Anyway, thank you again for reading this guide.
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