Winning a race requires strategy, determination and guts. Drive as hard as you can, but watch the changing color of your tires and how much fuel you have left. Balance speed against fuel consumption and tire wear, and know when to make a pitstop. Drive into the pitstop lane, control each pit crew member and learn to make the changes fast.
PITSTOP II is the first racing game that brings you the thrill of battling an opponent, the excitement of fighting for the lead out on the track and the suspense of struggling to be the first out of the pits. Realistic first-person graphics and a split-screen display allow you and another player to experience the challenge of auto racing head-to-head. The challenge of true competitive action.
Winning each race requires strategy, determination and guts. Drive as hard as you can, but keep an eye on your tyres and fuel gauge. You may find that you can build a lead by wearing out your tyres, then lose the race because you have to make an extra pitstop. Your objective is to balance speed against fuel consumption and tyre wear - to spend as much time on the track and as little time as you can i nthe pits. The player who makes the fastest pitstops usually has the edge in winning the race.
After the game has finished loading, a menu screen will appear, displaying the options available. You can select the number of players, the number of laps, change the level of difficulty, choose any single race track or try your skill at the grand circuit.
Push the joystick UP or DOWN to move up or down the menu. Push the joystick RIGHT or LEFT to change an option. Select ‘START THE RACE’ and press FIRE to begin.
When it’s race time, PISTOP II changes to a split-screen display, with two views of the race track. The upper half of the screen is Player One’s display. Player Two (or the computer) uses the lower half of the screen.
Use the course map, located at the right of the screen, to determine your position and the distance to the pit. You can see your opponent’s position on his course menu.
Monitor your fuel supply and tyre wear because you’ll need to make a pitstop when your fuel is low or when your tyres are worn. Your fuel indicator is located in the bottom half of the screen.
Tyre wear is indicated by the colour of your tyres - they start black and change to lighter colours as tyre wear increases - they finally turn white at the last stage before a blowout.
The entrance will appear on the LEFT hand side of the track as you approach the pits. To enter the pits, steer your car into the entrance. To refuel, move the crew member with the hose to the petrol intake at the side of your car. Watch your fuel indicator - if you overfill, the tank will empty nd you’ll have to start over.
To change tyres, move your second crew member to a worn tyre. After he grabs it, hurry to the correct stack of new tyres. The stack near the rear of your car has rear tyres and the stack near the front has front tyres. Once you pick up a new tyre, move back to the car and fit it. To leave the pits, move the cursor over your driver and press FIRE. Be sure crew members are away from your car.
For an additional challenge, select the GRAND CIRCUIT on the game menu. Here you’ll race all of the tracks in succession, building points according to how you finish each race. After the last race, the driver with the highest point total is considered the World Driving Champion.
After each race the final standings list the order of finish, laps completed and racing times. Also listed is the number of points awarded to each driver, according to the order of finish. When you race the GRAND CIRCUIT, the championship will go to the driver with the highest point total for all six races on the circuit.
When a race is over, press FIRE to play again. In addition, you can restart the game at any time during play by pressing RESTORE.
Alternatively, press THEC64 Joystick MENU button and select ‘Exit Game’ then press FIRE to relaunch the game.
PROGRAMMER(S): Dennis Caswell, Steve Landrum