Formula 1 Simulator The Game
Formula 1 Simulator as the name suggests was an arcade racing game released in 1985. The game was first released by Mastertronic and later re-released by Visa Soft and named “Formula 1”. It was produced by Mr. Chip Software and was coded by Shaun Southern, whom seemed to create a fair few of these fun budget games for C16 and other Commodore systems from the VIC20 to the Amiga.
A quote from the Shaun Southern website on Formula 1 Simulator.
“This is an early version of the Lotus road routine, again a mish-mash of a few arcade games at the time. My awful background graphics, I seem to remember.“
With Formula 1 Simulator on the Commodore 16 there was only 1 race circuit and to finish the game you had to complete 8 laps against the clock. If the clock ran out it was game over.
The race track itself is not particularly difficult to navigate and it is marked out with white posts. What does become a little tricky though, is the other cars racing. They seem to go a awful lot slower than you, and slowing down enough so that you don’t crash in to them is relatively hard, especially if you have 2 or 3 of them together and can’t overtake.