Packaging for Sinclair QL Vroom

Vroom is an early car racing game produced by the French software house Pyramide for the Sinclair QL where you take the place of a Formula One driver. The graphics are quite good, being presented in 3D with the view from the driver's cockpit.

The QL version is limited to only 5 different circuits, and according to its author, sold around 3200 copies in the UK. This differs from the other Formula 1 racing game for the Sinclair QL, Hyperdrive in that there are no hazards on the track, other than the other cars. You can, however, go off the sides of the track, which makes driving more difficult!

Oddly, the packaging for QL Vroom shows the title as Wroom as can be seen on the picture!

The advertising blurb detailed:

  • 100% Machine Code
  • Realistic Racing Simulation as seen from inside F1 car
  • 3-D Perspective Graphics
  • Moving Meandering Tracks
  • 5 Different Circuits
  • Colourful and Elaborate Backgrounds
  • Impressive Sound Effects
  • Keyboard or Joystick Control
  • Wheels and Steering Wheel Movements

The author, Daniel Macré went on to release an updated version of Vroom for the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga computers in conjunction with another software house, Lankhor.

An interview with Daniel Macré was recorded in 2009 (in French) by MO5.com - a video game preservation project and museum in France.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjSYmshShfs|Watch this video on You Tube

Screenshot of Sinclair QL Vroom by Pyramide
Title: Vroom
Language: 68000 Machine Code
Author: Daniel Macré
Publisher: Pyramide
Year of Publication: 1986
Platforms Suitable for: All Sinclair QLs and Compatibles
Commercial Status: Commercial
Price as at June 1986: £14.95
Reviews: Unknown
Sources Available from: Unknown
Manual available from: Download QL Vroom Manual
Latest Version available from: RWAP Software website

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