The race is viewed from inside your car with all of the important gauges, dials and the like being easily visible. Once outside the vehicle everything is made up of filled vector graphics that move fast and smoothly enough, helping recreate the high speed action of the real thing. Gear change is automatic so that means one less thing to worry about! As expected, the course remains the same throughout every race, but the track combines a number of long stretches with a few tight turns to put you to the test.
The racer includes all the features you could imagine, even pit stops where you have to drive your car carefully before grinding to a halt and repairing the necessary items (changing tires, refueling your car or even replace defected parts of the car). The track does become more and more littered with other cars that have spun off or crashed, so you must take care to avoid any debris or other obstacle on the track before you burst your tires and have an engine failure!
because of the games' great speed (and sound!), Indianapolis 500 is a very addictive racer, although it can get a tad repetitive.
The filled 3D graphics are some of the fastest and most detailed found back in 1990 on the Amiga (OCS/ECS). The level of detail can even be offset against speed, so there is the option to choose between high, medium or low detail. For example in high detail the graphics give plenty of colored vectors in the track but the action is slower (in frame-rate), including double bleachers fully occupied by colorful spectators etc, whilst at the lowest detail bleachers are missing (but with faster frame-rate). But even at its most colorful, Indy is gaspingly fast! Note that the game here offers up to 16 colors on screen.
The sound is magnificent, and some of the best ever heard on an Amiga racer! It is fully sampled, and the hum of your engine ticking over and the howl of the other cars streaking past create the right of atmosphere for the races. You can sense the presence of faster cars by the increasing pitch of their engines!