No question about it - this has to be THE budget release of the month. Gremlin's first serious foray into the Amiga driving scene is, for our money at least, still the best road racer anyplace anytime anywhere. Don't be put off by the seemingly heavy licence connotations - this is hard-rocking arcade racing, completely free of pretension and brilliantly exhilarating and fun to play.
The racing action takes place over nine increasingly tough courses around the world, with the screen split horizontally into two for twin-player head-to-head fun. A minor letdown is that there's no full-screen display for one-player mode (a problem rectified in the otherwise inferior Lotus 2), but since the game is faster, more playable and more fun than any other no matter what mode you play it in, it's not too much of a problem.
Instead of the conventional checkpoints and time limits, players must complete a series of laps and finish in the top ten in order to qualify for the next round. Crashing into the white computer cars naturally slows you down, but there's no damage factor -the only problem on that score is fuel, which on longer tracks must be topped up by pulling into the pits at the appropriate point. And that's about it really - there's nothing more to it than that, and that's part of what makes it such mindless, adrenalin-pumping fun. In one-player mode it's excellent, in two-player it's unbelievable. For a penny under a tenner, there is absolutely NO excuse not to buy this now. So don't even try to think of one.
When somebody mentions Amiga, every true Amiga gamer will remember two games: North&South and Lotus. Yes, a true legend. Is there anything better than being able to drive a great sports car and not pay much for that? Heh, of course there is, but this is a game site!
Play alone or with a friend and try to be the fastest on the track. The game plays a lot like the legendary Outrun, but now you have realistic gears, not only two of them. The game will probably be easy for you if you play with automatic transmission, but manual is a different story.
Great graphics, great music, great gameplay. What more do you need?
The first and the original. The Lotus Espirit Turbo Challenge. You drive the red Lotus car, and have to beat all the opponents. Nice grapics, two player mode with splitted screen, many tracks and music selector. Try it!
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