Street Rod

Street Rod is a racing video game series developed by Logical Design Works and published by California Dreams for DOS, Amiga, and Commodore 64. Street Rod exclusively feaured Muscle Cars, specifically those from GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

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Overview

You start the game as a protagonist that seeks to usurp the throne and claim the girlfriend of the local king of the streets. Equipped with a garage and a small amount of cash, you buy a used car out of the paper and embark on a journey to rise through the ranks by winning races against other racers. Using money you earn through races you can modify your car and eventually winning enough races earns you the right to challenge the king for his position.

Gameplay

The player starts off on the garage, where cars and parts may be purchased from the newspaper. New parts that are purchased must be installed by the player by entering the hood of or going under the car and then removing a series of screws to remove parts of the engine and transmission. Then, these parts must be re-installed in order and the screws replaced, otherwise the car will be undrivable. To install tires, the car must be jacked up. While racing, the car will eventually run out of fuel, which the payer must obtain from the gas station.

The player will proceed from the garage to the local diner in order to find some competiton to race. Races take place on either a dragstrip, Mulholland drive, or in an aquaduct. Wagers on the races can be set from "Just for fun!" (no wager) to cash to "Pink Slips" (the winner recieves the loser's car). When the race starts, the player must wait for a signal to be given to go or else they forfeit the race. Crashing during the race will either total your car, or requre you to pay a fee in order to get it fixed. Also, the police may fine you during a Pink slip race.

Series

  • Street Rod was released in 1989 and takes place in the year 1965.
  • Street Rod 2 was released in 1990 and takes place in the year 1971. Street Rod 2 was modeled on the same engine as the first game, which yielded an almost identical game with different cars, more parts, an additional track, and improved graphics.
  • Street Rod 3 is an unoffical sequel to the series that is being developed for Windows with the aim of recreating a game similar to Street Rod 2 with more cars and parts, as well as transitioning the series from 2D to 3D grahpics.

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Also, the police may fine you during a Pink slip race. With seconds to go and the prisoners down by five points, the ball is in the prisoners' possession on the guards' one-yard line, the "longest yard" of the title. Crashing during the race will either total your car, or requre you to pay a fee in order to get it fixed. However, by this time the prisoners have rallied and their spirit cannot be broken. When the race starts, the player must wait for a signal to be given to go or else they forfeit the race. Nate, despite his bad knee, goes into the game to score a touchdown, and, after doing so, is immediately cut down at the knees by a guard, crippling him. Wagers on the races can be set from "Just for fun!" (no wager) to cash to "Pink Slips" (the winner recieves the loser's car). However, he quickly wins them back and, with the help of a quick touchdown and a drop kick, soon gets the "Mean Machine" back into the game.

Races take place on either a dragstrip, Mulholland drive, or in an aquaduct. At first, the prisoners are angry with Crewe and provide him with no protection or aid. The player will proceed from the garage to the local diner in order to find some competiton to race. Pop states that, for himself at least, it was worth it, and Crewe goes back into the game with a renewed sense of purpose. While racing, the car will eventually run out of fuel, which the payer must obtain from the gas station. At this point, a stunned Crewe turns to Pop to ask him if it was worth it - trading the opportunity to strike the warden in exchange for a life sentence. To install tires, the car must be jacked up. With the prisoners demoralized, the guards as orderd take out their anger on the prisoners, causing several injuries.

Then, these parts must be re-installed in order and the screws replaced, otherwise the car will be undrivable. Crewe quickly makes several deliberate mistakes putting the "Mean Machine" down by three touchdowns, then purposely takes himself out of the game. New parts that are purchased must be installed by the player by entering the hood of or going under the car and then removing a series of screws to remove parts of the engine and transmission. Will Knauer (Ed Lauter) to order his players to "inflict as much physical punishment on the prisoners as possible" as soon as they are ahead by 21 points. The player starts off on the garage, where cars and parts may be purchased from the newspaper. However, the conniving warden secretly breaks this promise, telling the leader of the guards' team, Capt. Using money you earn through races you can modify your car and eventually winning enough races earns you the right to challenge the king for his position. Crewe obtains a promise from Hazen that if he cooperates and throws the game as ordered, the prisoners will not be harmed.

Equipped with a garage and a small amount of cash, you buy a used car out of the paper and embark on a journey to rise through the ranks by winning races against other racers. He corners Crewe in the team locker room and says that the arsonist will testify Crewe had been an accessory to Caretaker's murder if the prisoners do not lose the game by at least 21 points. You start the game as a protagonist that seeks to usurp the throne and claim the girlfriend of the local king of the streets. Hazen has always believed he must rule by fear, brutality and intimidation. . However, Warden Hazen is angry the prisoners have gained a newfound sense of self-respect, teamwork and accomplishment and are in a good position to win the game. Street Rod exclusively feaured Muscle Cars, specifically those from GM, Ford, and Chrysler. As the game starts, the "Mean Machine" does well, and at halftime the game is close.

Street Rod is a racing video game series developed by Logical Design Works and published by California Dreams for DOS, Amiga, and Commodore 64. Unfortunately, the trap is accidentally sprung on Caretaker instead, who is killed in the blaze. Street Rod 3 is an unoffical sequel to the series that is being developed for Windows with the aim of recreating a game similar to Street Rod 2 with more cars and parts, as well as transitioning the series from 2D to 3D grahpics. However, before the game, a jealous homosexual arsonist named Unger (Charles Tyner) schemes to kill Crewe by setting off an incendiary device in his cell. Street Rod 2 was modeled on the same engine as the first game, which yielded an almost identical game with different cars, more parts, an additional track, and improved graphics. With the help of the clever Caretaker, veteran former pro player Nate Scarboro (Michael Conrad), "Granny" Granville (Harry Caesar) and long term prisoner Pop (John Steadman) who remains prison far past his original sentence for having struck Warden Hazen when the warden was just a rookie guard, as well as being aided by the warden's amorous secretary, Crewe molds the otherwise violent, distrustful, rebellious men into a smoothly working football team which comes to be named the "Mean Machine". Street Rod 2 was released in 1990 and takes place in the year 1971. Among the most impressive are Samson (Richard Kiel), a huge prisoner and former professional weightlifter and Connie Shokner (Robert Tessier), a fearsome serial killer and martial arts expert.

Street Rod was released in 1989 and takes place in the year 1965. However, he builds trust amongst the cons, and all of them, including the black inmates, eventually come out to support Crewe and his cause. Many other prisoners are skeptical too mainly because they see it as an opportunity for the guards to beat on them harder and they are skeptical of Crewe for selling out his NFL teammates. Adding to the difficulties, the black inmates at first refuse to play for they "no longer play ball for the Honkie's amusement" and want nothing to do with the white inmates who are playing. Crewe finds difficulties however because several of the people inside the prison have no football experience, and he has no idea if the prisoners have enough talent to take on the guards.

He is allowed to recruit the most dangerous and violent prisoners. Eventually, under pressure, Crewe relents and agrees to form a prisoner team to play the guards' team in an exhibition game. The guards at this prison are also very different from those at other prisons in that they are all big and fast enough to make an NFL roster. You could have robbed banks, sold dope or stole your grandma's pension checks and none of us would have minded, but shaving points on a football game, well that's un-American!" Moreover, the sadistic, power-hungry warden Rudolph Hazen, (Eddie Albert), a football fanatic who operates a semi-pro team made up of the prison's guard force, wants Crewe to form an inmates' team, but Crewe refuses and is harassed by the guards and given backbreaking work as punishment.

You on the other hand, had it all and threw it away. As his only friend, an inmate nicknamed Caretaker (James Hampton) put it, "Most of these boys have nothin', never had anything to start with. The convicts despise him because he was caught point shaving, the reason he was dismissed from the league. He has difficulty getting along with the guards as well as with his fellow inmates.

After a fight with her, he gets drunk and steals and then wrecks her expensive Maserati car (the car in the film is a Citroen SM; Citroen owned Maserati back in the 1970s), crimes landing him in prison for a 3 - 5 year sentence. The protagonist is Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Burt Reynolds), former star pro football quarterback living with his wealthy girlfriend in Palm Beach, Florida. Green Bay Packers legend Ray Nitschke appeared in the 1974 version. The 1974 original was also the basis for the 2001 movie Mean Machine, starring Vinnie Jones as Danny Meehan, based on the character of Paul Crewe, and featuring Soccer instead of American football.

Burt Reynolds played the hero, Paul 'Wrecking' Crewe in the original, and the coach Nate Scarboro in the 2005 remake starring Adam Sandler, Chris Brown, and Nelly. The Longest Yard was a 1974 movie about inmates at a prison who play American football against their guards.
. "I think I broke his freakin' neck!" - Samson after clotheslining one of the guards.

Let's do it!'" - Paul 'Wrecking' Crewe in the huddle for the last play. For Caretaker.. For Nate.. "For Granny..

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