Starting out with just a basic Lamborghini and $6000, your aim is to rise to the top of the 4 divisions of racing through success on 60 racetracks across America. In each division there are 20 rival racers, up to 3 of which compete in each race at a time.
The races also feature lots of local drivers (who can take crucial positions away from you and the other championship drivers), Sunday drivers going at normal speed, and police. before each race you will be told of the quality of the locals and the likelihood of police presence.
When police are in the area, speeding beyond 110 Km/h could see you branded as an offender, at which point the police will try to ram you off the road, Chase H.Q.-style. You can attempt to reach the end of the race despite this damage (which eventually hampers your speed), or simply pull over and accept a fine and the loss of race points. If the police subsequently stop you, the fine is heavier.
Each race costs money to enter, and your earnings can be boosted by betting on the results with the other championship drivers. If one of you wins, each driver gives you either the amount they bet or the amount you bet, whichever is lower; if a local wins you get your stake back.
Lots of power-ups can be bought along the way, including tires, radar jammers, engine improvements and nitro boosts. To move up a division you must take the Divisional Challenge, a one-off trek through a tough section within the time limit. You buy a set of 3 passes for this, each allowing one attempt.
Lamborghini American Challenge is a Lotus style racing game. Except in this one you can only drive the "Lambo" :) Its typical in every way for this genre - addictive, fast paced and a no brainer :) Just push the pedal to metal and enjoy the ride! The "racing" will basically come down to avoiding the slow cars and catching up with your opponents. If you finish the race within top 3 positions, you'll get some money, and with it the ability to upgrade your car and enlist to the more expensive races. The more expensive the races, the harder the opponents, but higher the money award.
The graphics are nice, and sounds are nothing special. There are two gameplay modes supported - championship mode where you play a whole career, and VS mode where you can race against your friend. That pretty much wraps it up. If you like lotus-like games, you will certainly enjoy this one!
Part of the Crazy Cars Trilogy
The last and arguably best in Titus' Crazy Cars series, Lamborghini - American Challenge is essentially the same game as Crazy Cars 3, except for the addition of a two-player mode and speed synchronization. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as Crazy Cars 3 is quite rightly hailed as one of the best racing games ever made, and Lamborghini does not disappoint.
Despite a lot of outcry in the Amiga community over the fact that the game is basically Crazy Cars 3 in new clothes, it's still a real gem of a game and certainly the best sprite-based racing game on the Amiga, and this PC conversion is excellent. The game is about illegal races that take place throughout America. Before each race, all racers place their bet on the outcome, and then try their best to win. You start the game with a Lamborghini Diablo with a modest amount of cash. You need to raise about $50,000 to get a chance at the next division.
Gameplay, which is what counts, is incredibly addictive. Car handling is great, and all the roads are well designed. Adding a realistic touch and another layer of challenge is the fact that not all the cars on the road are racing with you. Therefore, skillful maneuvering to avoid the slower cars is a must, because if you hit the back of a car it is quite hard to avoid it again, as you accelerate away and your damage increases. As you win races, they get longer, harder and more rewarding. The police are out to get anyone over the speed limit of 110km/h, and since you stand no chance of winning at that speed, evading cops becomes the order of the day. Fortunately, the shop contains exciting goodies for any would-be racer including speedups, turboboosters, police detectors, radar jammers and night-vision goggles-- most of which are ideal for evading the cops and gaining up on the race leaders. There are numerous realistic touches in the game that make it more challenging, such as rain and various obstacles that always slow you down.
There are a few weaknesses in an otherwise great game. First of all, the very high dollar requirement for promotion to the next division means that it's not worth continuing if you win a race, because you'll likely not be able to make that much money even if you win all the remaining races in that division. As if to rub it in, the game only allows save after you are promoted up division-- this means that you'll need to spend hours and hours racing the same races, being careful to win every single one. These nitpicks aside, though, Lamborghini is an incredibly addictive racing game that is much better than Gremlins' over-hyped Lotus series. It has more extras, better car handling, and the unmatched exhiliration of outracing the cops in the middle of the night, with your night vision goggles on.
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