Famous Pacers in Video Games
- Test Drive: Eve of Destruction, 2004.
- "In [this] video game (a demolition derby type of game) you can drive a Pacer-like car. It is almost an
exact replica. It is called an Algar for legal reasons. Also, they have movies that you can unlock of actual
demolition derbies. Under compact derby, you can see a red/burgandy Pacer (#M36) running into several other
cars. It is quite interesting. They also have a Gremlin-type car called Moth."
- Driver, 2003.
- This game by Infogrames (Atari) for several video game systems features several
AMC Pacers. Thanks to Martin Nolan for the reference.
- Simpsons Road Rage, 2001.
- "This is a game like Crazy Taxi. In the Playstation 2 Game, some of the traffic
cars are green Pacer Coupes." -Jake Perkins
- Test Drive 6, 1999.
- Infogrames released this game for the Sega PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, PC, and
Gameboy Color, which, while it doesn't feature a Pacer that you can race,
has Pacers in the background of the race. Thanks to Jesse for the reference.
- Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense, 1999.
- "The Sony Playstation console and the Sega Dreamcast [and the Nintendo 64] support this
game. The name is 'Vigilante 8: Second Offense.' It was relased in 1999 by Activision.
This is a game where you drive around in cars that are heavily armed and shoot at other
cars. (A simple concept, but a fun one!) This game is set in 1977. Many actual cars from
that era are used, but they all have nicknames to prevent legal hassels. let me give
you a few examples.
VW Beetle = Wonderwagon
"Yes, this game has a drivable Pacer in it! Not a bad rendering, either. It appears
to be a Pacer X, having one of those raised grilles and racing stripes. Each vehicle
in this game has a character who drives it, and a 'special attack' that none of the
other cars get. The Pacer's driver is an ex-convict named 'Boogie.' His special
attack is a disco ball that pops out of the rear end of the Pacer and creates a
'Disco Inferno.' (You have to see it to appreciate it.)
El Camino = El Guerrero
Pontiac Thunderbird = Thunderbolt
AMC Eagle = Wapiti 4WD
AMC Pacer = Marathon
"You can't play with the Pacer immediately, unfortunately. It is a 'Secret Car,'
meaning that you have to get through the entire game with several other vehicles
before the Pacer is 'unlocked.'
"If your Pacer ever got mocked, like mine did, here is your chance to take out your
agressions on some harmless polygons. This game is worth buying anyway, but the Pacer
(and the AMC Eagle) are the icing on the cake."
You can learn more about Boogie and Marathon at
The prequel, Vigilante 8, featured an AMC Gremlin contestant called "Leprichaun".
Thanks also to MIRTHPACER, Brian Holz, Jesse, and Vergenbuurg for reporting this famous Pacer.