Development of Nitro for the Atari ST, started in 1989. It was largely inspired by arcade racing games such as Super Sprint and Hot Rod. You collect money and gas as you play each race, and between each race you could upgrade your car. You could also play solo, or multiplayer with up to 3 people.

There were some key differences between the Atari ST and Amiga versions, due to hardware limitations, the Atari ST version only had vertical (up and down) scrolling, while the Amiga version scrolled in all directions.

Nitro was published by Psygnosis for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, in 1990.

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3 years ago

Hi Jamie, I have fond memories of Nitro on my A500. I was 14 years old in 1993 when I had the privilege to play it. Nice GFX, smooth action, very playable. Quite an achievement for the time it was released. The night races had this very cool light effect (reminiscent of Sega’s ancient Monaco GP, another top down racer I loved years before, this time in the Arcade) that made the action more varied an challenging. Smooth learning curve. You would get better and better with every game. I managed to finish it at the time. I do remember… Read more »

Rogue Planet
4 months ago

One of the best games I had ever played on the ST!

Having just ran this on an Amiga emulator and seeing how much better it was on Amiga blew me away!! Truly an awesome game! I would love to read a technical article about Nitro on either / both platform(s). I wasn’t able to find anything online.

Thank you for so many countless hours of fun and for all the inspiration that this game provides!!!