23. Indianapolis 500: The Simulation

Year Of Release: 1989
Developer: Papyrus Design Group
System(s): PC, Amiga
Complex Says: With Indianapolis 500, Papyrus took a bold step away from the arcade racing games of the past, and headed off in the direction of a true-to-life racing simulation based on the most recent running of the Indy 500. That's what the company would later be known for: all it ever did was incredibly realistic PC racing sims throughout its 17-year run. The company's games were so good that professional racers allegedly used them in training. Right from the start, the ability to customize your car's setup in minute ways set the game apart. The game also featured damage, and allowed you to choose between running shorter races vs. the full Indy. Video game versions of open-wheeled racing never had it so good.