Lost In Translation/Bad Lands

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Bad Lands
Bad Lands marquee.
No screen shot.
Bad Lands control panel.
Manufacturer Atari Games
Released 1989
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 7.159 MHz)
M6502 (@ 1.790 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
336 x 240 pixels
59.92 Hz
256 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 18 ROMs
918,620 bytes (897.09 KiB)
MAME ID badlands

About The Game

Bad Lands is set 50 years after a nuclear disaster. The sport of sprint racing is now a ruthless battle between armed cars. These races take place on tracks built in the ruins of the dangerous nuclear zone known only as the BADLANDS. It's all-out war on the track as players blast away at the drones (and each other) to finish first. Players shoot play-field targets for extra points and bonus missiles.

Bonus wrenches appear at regular intervals which can be collected and used to upgrade the player's vehicle. The available upgrades are : missiles, tires, turbo, increased speed, and shields. This was to be Atari's last game in the 'Sprint' series.


Unlike its 2 most famous prequels, "Championship Sprint" and "Super Sprint", Bad Lands used a standard resolution monitor instead of the medium resolution monitor used in the past. This means the cars are somewhat larger and, because of this scale issue, the tracks feel smaller and more cramped than in other games in the series. As a result of this, only 3 cars compete, instead of the 4 vehicles that appeared in earlier games.

Bad Lands re-uses some of the sounds from Championship Sprint and Super Sprint, particularly notable when bonus wrenches are collected.

Gary Hatt holds the official record for this game with 146,080 points on June, 26, 1986.


  1. Sprint 2 (1976)
  2. Sprint 8 (1977)
  3. Sprint 4 (1977)
  4. Sprint One (1978)
  5. Super Sprint (1986)
  6. Championship Sprint (1986)
  7. Bad Lands (1989)


Norm Avellar
Sam Comstock
Brad Fuller
Tim Hubberstey
Glenn McNamara
Kris Moser
John Paul
Kelly Turner
Wade Winblad

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures 3")
Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures 3")
Nintendo GameCube (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures 3")
Box art for the DoMark port of Bad Lands.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990)
Commodore C64 (1990)
Atari ST (1990)
Commodore Amiga ("Badlands", 1990, DoMark)
Amstrad CPC
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition")

External Links

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.