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The Games We Played – Radar Rat Race (C64)

Radar Rat Race (Image courtesy Lemon64.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

This week on TGWP I wanted to dig back through my gaming memories as far as I could go, all the way back to the beginning in fact. Like with most families, the Commodore 64 entered our home because my parents thought it would help me in my grade school career with tasks like word processing and what-not. And like with most families, the C64 ended up being a video game console more than anything. Now I’m not sure if the cartridge came bundled with the system or not, but I do know that Radar Rat Race was the very first video game I ever played, on any system. And you know what they say, you never forget your first.

In the game you played as a rat, racing through a maze, trying to collect pieces of cheese while avoiding other rats and randomly placed cats that served as stationary traps more than anything. Besides steering your rat around the maze, the only trick you had to avoid nasty confrontations was to leave a trail behind you that other rats couldn’t cross, and if you were cunning enough, it could be used to trap them as well. Because it was the first game I ever played, I have a lot of very distinct memories of Radar Rat Race, and if you’ve ever wanted to get that Three Blind Mice song stuck in your head, I highly recommend checking out the ‘gameplay’ video I’ve included below.

[ Lemon64.com - Radar Rat Race ]








  • http://cupdoodle.blogspot.com/ Super Edco

    Holy smokes– nostalgia rush! Call me crazy, but I think this is my earliest videogame memory, too– on the Vic 20.

  • John

    I would like to play it once more, as far as I can remember it was funny and addicting :) I already heard the music for free. Made me smile.

  • jamieOWNZkissyfur

    Lmao, I used to play this with my brother all the time when we were little. This brings me back to many “NO IT'S MY TURN!!!” arguments. I can now understand why, when we brought this with us to our grandparents house, how it drove my grandpa so crazy. LOL things just don't effect kids the way they do adults.

  • jamieOWNZkissyfur

    Lmao, I used to play this with my brother all the time when we were little. This brings me back to many “NO IT'S MY TURN!!!” arguments. I can now understand why, when we brought this with us to our grandparents house, how it drove my grandpa so crazy. LOL things just don't effect kids the way they do adults.