F1 Race is an arcade racing game released on the Family Computer system in Japan in 1984. A similar version was later released on the Nintendo Game Boy system in Japan in 1990 and in North America and Europe, which featured the four player adapter for play with four players. The Game Boy version of F1 Race features different colored circles that signify different teams. Each team member has an individual color circle to signify that person's role on the team.
A special mode known as Racing Tour mode is included with this version of the game. This mode allows the player to select from a variety of tracks and races through a stage or obstacle course. The player can then compete against the race track, which consists of a virtual F1 car that has been created by the game and then run against it to earn points.
Once all the points have been earned, the player wins the race. Unlike many arcade racing games of the time, the player will not be eliminated from the race until the final lap has been completed. The goal is for the player to win as many races as possible in the allotted amount of time.
As the name of the game implies, there are five stages in the game and each of them has a different starting point. For example, the first stage of the game has a start line located directly beneath a large billboard that shows the Formula One car races being shown in action on TV.
The race starts when the player activates the vehicle they are to race against. The controls for this are simple and are designed to encourage the player to use the vehicle in a manner that is as safe as possible. The player cannot start any other vehicle during the race, but can switch to another car to pit and change out tires or fuel as necessary.
The object of the racing is to finish as fast as possible without getting into any crashes or other hazards. Although there are a few obstacles that can be avoided, the player is allowed to slow down or stop the race if necessary. However, once any player gets too close to the edge, it becomes almost impossible to turn or stop and so one needs to either slow or stop abruptly accelerate to avoid hitting any parts of the course that may be dangerous to drive over.
Although the controls are simple, the game does include several other modes that help enhance the racing experience. In the Arcade mode, players can take on various races and use a variety of other accessories to enhance the driving experience.
There are also three different courses that are available for use in this version of the game. The three available courses are known as the Stadium, Sandpit and Pit Road.
The Stadium is an oval-shaped track where the player must complete a race between a three-car line while avoiding collisions with other racers. The Sandpit course is located at the far left side of the track where the player must maneuver their car along the edge of the track while making contact with another car or obstacle.
The Pit Road course is situated next to the Pit Road course and involves passing through a series of four narrow bridges that are located in between two dirt barriers. On each bridge, a racer must make a quick stop and rest. Once they have recovered, they are given another opportunity to pass through another course without hitting any obstacles. There are four obstacles that can be passed through in this course that require the player to make use of an auto-pilot.
Another feature of the game is the Speed Limit system. The Speed Limit system is used to reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain a particular state of speed on the tracks of the various courses.
When the speed limit drops below a specific level, a racer's car automatically decelerates and becomes slower. This allows the player to gain more time and eventually become a high-speed racer in the Sandpit or Pit Road courses. If the player manages to pass the limit, he/she is given a penalty and will have to start the level all over again until the speed limit is passed again.