Drive Yourself Crazy from Tomy (1976)

Tomy’s Drive Yourself Crazy handheld game put kids ages 6 and up into the driver’s seat. Powered by a single C-battery, the racing game challenged drivers to stay on the road while a paper-based highway scrolled by.

The highway moved forward by setting the gearshift switch at D and backward by setting the gearshift switch to R. As the road moved vertically down the screen, the position of the car is controlled by turning the steering wheel.

Driving off the road or hitting any of the obstructions signals the end of the game and provides players with a point value for their efforts. The longer the journey, the more points received. Reaching the finish line results in the driver being declared the champion and awarded 100 points.

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