The LINKS (Network)
This page was last modified 09:50, 28 November 2016 by Rderooy. Based on work by Gdx and NYYRIKKI and others.

The LINKS was a network that started in 1986 and stopped in October 1994. To connect with this network you needed a user-id and a The LINKS modem. The user-id was also a kind of 'email' adres which could be used to send messages to other users.



Two models where released. Both modems are incompatible with normal RS232C modems.





These games had to be downloaded from the network.

  • A1 Grand prix (Konami-Panasoft, this game is based on Road Fighter)
  • C-Drive (The Links) The box of C-Drive contained only a login for the network where you could download the game and a modem Cartridge. No Rom.
  • Network Rally (Konami, this game is based on Hyper Rally)

After downloading you start with the first stage of the game. Every time you complete one stage, you needed to reconnect the server, which records your time and shows you a list of the other competitors, and your "position". The fastest player is shown as "no.1 racer". The feature unseen in F1 spirit is, at certain check point, you are requested to choose one of three "magical stages". If you are lucky, you skip several stages, gaining huge advantage over other not so lucky competitors. Though there was no direct reward to winner (fastest competitor who connected after completing the final stage), the 5-match straight winner was awarded with an "original format" which was usable as a personal template in LINKS mail and BBS services.