Turbocar is a classic-style racing arcade game which somewhat resembles Outrun in that the player has to drive a certain distance in a short time, then you receive extra time. It takes place on a public road, which has two lanes, one with traffic travelling (fairly slowly) in the same direction as the player and one with oncoming traffic. The player can change lanes at any time to overtake cars/avoid oncoming traffic. The player's car has two gears and an accelerator but no brakes. Slowing down is achieved by lifting off the gas or shifting down to first gear. There is no limit to the number of times a player can crash into another vehicle (i.e. no 'life' system), however doing so means accelerating again from a standing start, wasting valuable time.
The game starts with 60 seconds of time remaining, and points are awarded depending on the distance covered and number of cars passed. For every 10,000 points earnt an extra 60 seconds of time is added to the clock. The game ends when there is no time left on the clock.
The game was written entirely in Assembler.
A very basic game, but fun nonetheless. Your standard racing game, in spanky 80's colours. The aim is to reach the end as fast and as safely as you can. You are given a time limit, and have to reach the next level before it expires, or you lose a life.
This game gets quite hard quite fast. I found that I could never get very far without crashing into an oncoming car. You gradually get to memorise where and when the cars come, and then you get further into the game. But I still have to say it's very hard. You start of with a few trucks to overtake, then sometimes another car will come, and you have to pull in to avoid a head-on collision. The cars that are oncoming get more frequent and a lot faster, as well as the number of trucks and other cars you have to overtake. The time limit makes things a little harder, so you can't take it's slow and safe, you have to hoon to get to the next level. I think a signpost passing by shows a level.
The controls are simple for this game; you accelerate pressing shift, and steer left and right with the left and right arrows. Suprisingly enough the up and down arrows let you change up and down a gear, that's quite cool for an older game to let you do gear changes. Of course, you might notice that there are no brakes? Don't you worry, to run this baby you need to hold down the shift full-time, and when you let go of it, it slows down very fast.
It's a great game to play, and a lot of fun.
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