It might be considered primitive by today’s standards, but back in 1984 when Pitstop II was first released, it really raised the bar for arcade-style racing games. That is: racing games that are fun to play, rather than being as realistic as possible.
Pitstop II features fast, curving roads; split screen single and dual-player, AI opponents, tyre damage, six courses to race, and – of course – controllable pit stops.
Pitstop II was co-created for Epyx by Dennis Caswell, who is also known for his timeless classic platform game, Impossible Mission.
The game still plays well today. It certainly has stood the test of time better than its predecessor (the original Pitstop, which is looking very long in the tooth these days).
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