Nobody does arcade like Atari. Very rarely are they groundbreaking or top tier, but they are always challenging and innovative. Badland’s follows that type of uniqueness seen in games like Paperboy and APB.
Badlands is a birds-eye view top-down scalectrix racer. You get a view of the entire track and need to carefully guide your miniature cars around 4 laps.
Cars handle very well for the type of game. The are suitably skittish and loose in the handling. Hitting walls and other cars cause damage so it’s worth looking out for and collecting spanners as they appear. Oil spills throw you off course and the the more advanced tracks criss-cross for added hilarity in two player mode.
All in all it’s a good fun arcade game.