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Squad Challenge - 2020 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)


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Pole Position II
Atari 7800
Difficulty Level: SEASIDE
Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔
Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST August 31, 2020




Play for the highest possible score racing the SEASIDE Track in Pole Position II on the Atari 7800. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between August 15th through August 31st, 2020. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor!



Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!


Play Rules

Achieve high score to win Grand Prix Challenge. Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback / Mini console, or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.


Difficulty Level

We are racing on the SEASIDE Track in Pole Position II. Players will select SEASIDE at the title screen.


Fair Play

Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater.



To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: 




Welcome to our 86th Squad Challenge, the 2020 Pole Position II Grand Prix! This will be our 3rd Annual Pole Position II Grand Prix Event! This year's Grand Prix challenge will run until August 31st, 2020 racing the SEASIDE Track for your best possible score! Pole Position is one of the most iconic arcade games released by Atari and was genre-defining for its time, setting a new standard of what racing gameplay could be like. Pole Position II was included as the pack-in title for the Atari 7800 and is often revered as the first game 7800 owners played on their new game system. For many of us 7800 gamers, Pole Position II was the first video game we ever owned! I have so many wonderful memories of playing Pole Position II at Chuck E. Cheese's with my family, shifting gears and whipping around corners with a cheese stick in my hand and a cup of root beer on the floor under my feet. It also became one of my favorite games to play at home and remains a wonderful memory on the Atari 7800. ROM and Instruction Manual are provided below. Good luck to our Qualifying Racers!


NOTE: Another great Squad Challenge is coming up soon! 







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2 hours ago, kamakazi20012 said:

I want that first image as a poster for my wall!  That is AWESOME-sauce.  I also like that 7800 controller.  It's too bad they didn't add that much detail to them when they released them.

I'm having to wait for my PPII to arrive so I can join in.

Thank you @kamakazi20012‼️:wreck-it-ralph:

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1 hour ago, Atari Creep said:

As poop as I am at this game you know I am in. Too fun not too.

I'm glad you're joining in on this @Atari Creep!! Even if you're not a regular Jackie Stewart it's great to have you racing with us! 🏎️


44 minutes ago, atarilbc said:

18,460 to start. 

*Clears throat* 

Hey @btbfilms76, enter me to win! 🕹️

Good luck everyone! 


35 minutes ago, Atari Creep said:

To start. 29220 started in 4th

Using OpenEmu and USB controller this round


32 minutes ago, RickR said:

31560.  I qualified in 4th and made it to lap 2.  This game is TOUGH!

Hey @btbfilms76, enter me to win!


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16 minutes ago, atarilbc said:

30,380. Playing on a UAV modded 7800.

I tried the "scanlines" setting on my Retrotink 2x-pro. I like the look of it. 

Agreed! I've always thought the 7800 looks best with scanlines, hands down. Games look nice and crips, the way they were designed to be experienced.

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OK, I have played again and I've improved my score!  By the way, @atarilbc that is a good question.  I believe someone in Atari Age was trying to hack the game to improve the car graphics and add more colors. 

Oh, before I forget again!  Hey @btbfilms76, enter me to win!


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