Scott, I know what you're referring to with garbled graphics of the flag since it's evident in all file versions (but not say, Pole Position Race Designer or similar hacks). But playing the original cartridge version, the aforementioned "curse" words appears *after* the checkered flag flashes as you're in reach of, but never cross the finish line.
Scott Stilphen - 11/11/2018
@eppy2000 There's no Easter egg at the finish. You're playing a corrupt version of the game where the checkered flag is glitched.
There is a real glitch in the game in that you never actually reach the finish line at the end of a race! You also will finish the race even if you crash right before the finish line!
Received this cart for X-mas in 1983. Sure, the graphics are blockier than the arcade version, but it played very well and saved me many quarters. The game isn't that watered down, aside from not having voice synthesis or graphics on the signs, and a few minor bits that didn't detract from the enjoyment.
I guess there's a bit of an Easter egg in the game, but it's nothing major. If you fall short of the finish line when it's in sight on your final lap, you see "curse" words. It's just random characters like you in the comic strips when a character swears (e.g., @#*!$@^!).
Playing this on an emulator has a quirk, when you turn off the collision detection. Each completed lap gives you bonus time, but it's possible to get "too much" bonus time when added to your already padded time remaining. It screws up and you end up with even LESS time to finish the race, to the point where you can't finish.
The other thing about the game that brings back memories is that when I started playing it for the first time, both my mom and aunt berated me saying I would make a lousy driver because I couldn't maintain my lane. (They didn't realize it was a RACING game, not a DRIVING game). :)
Punkydudester - 18/12/2014
A really good classic. I remember the signs having Atari symbols on them in some of the versions.
Checkout the new (2010) PAL file version of Pole Position at http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/173793-poleposition-pal-fix/
Finally the europeans' have a challenging version of this classic game.
Are the Atari and Datasoft/US Gold versions the same, apart from the superficial details given?
Its a pleasure to introduce you my favorite atari game::::: POLE POSITION.....nostalgie driving in this car.