|[[Atari|Developer}}, Atari Inc.]]]]|
|Motorcycle steering column including throttle and brake|
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Stunt Cycle is an 1 player (2 players alternating) arcade game by Atari Inc., originally released in 1975. It attempted to cash in on the Evel Knievel craze of the mid 1970s by allowing the player to perform their own simulated jumping stunts.
Technology[edit | edit source]
The game is housed in a custom cabinet that includes a simulated motorcycle steering column mounted on the control panel. One handle provides acceleration, and the steering column can be pulled back to produce "wheelies". The monitor is a 19-inch black and white CRT monitor with a black and white overlay that adds giant tubes to the play field used to traverse from one split level to another. Sounds include a motorcycle roar, crash sounds, and crowd cheers.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The player attempts to gather enough speed to jump an increasing number of buses with his motorcycle.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
- Two dedicated console versions were released by Atari in 1977. Atari's own branded Stunt Cycle version that played several Stunt Cycle variants, and the Sears Tele-Games version called Motocross that included the same Stunt Cycle variants and 16 Pong games played with detachable Pong controllers.
- A port for the Atari 2600 was in the works in 1980 by Atari programmer Bob Polaro. Using full color graphics, it was decided upon completion to turn it in to a Dukes of Hazard game instead. Neither game was released and both only exist in prototype form.