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Sprint 8

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Title Screen

Sprint 8

Developer: Atari, Inc.
Publisher: Atari, Inc.
Platform: Arcade (Custom)
Released in US: May 1977


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Tank Sprint 8 is so-named because it supports up to eight players at once. Features four different tracks to choose from, which makes this game mathematically better than Daytona USA but worse than Sonic R.

Unused Graphics

Tank8AtariFuji.png
The Atari "Fuji" logo is part of the character set, but it's not used anywhere in the game proper.

Sprint8Arrows.png
Just some arrows. The horizontal arrow is used in the "Play tag & chase" version of the game (detailed below), but not in the original version.

Sprint8TimeHeat.png
This and the following image are only found in the "Play tag & chase" version of the game. While that version does use a time system, the graphic is still unused. The "heat" graphic would fit in with the original version of the game, but it's not part of that version's tileset.

Sprint8Markers.png
Numbered markers that might have been used to track the current lap number.

(Source: Original TCRF Research, Digital Press (Scott Stilphen))

Version Differences

Sprint8TagChase.png
An alternate version of the game, labeled "Play tag & chase" in MAME, was released at some point in the 70s. "Tag" and "Chase" are separate game modes toggled by a dip switch.

  • In "Tag", each player starts with 500 points. The tagged player loses 1 point every half-second and has to tag one of the other players to keep their points.
  • In "Chase", each player starts with 0 points. The tagged player gains 1 point every second and has to run away from the other players to keep earning points.
(Source: Original TCRF research)