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Lotus Esprit Turbo
By Gremlin
Amiga 500

 
Published in Computer & Video Games #108

Lotus Esprit Turbo

The Lotus Esprit SE Turbo is one of the fastest cars on the road, and with a 254 bhp engine and a top speed of 163mph it can "out run" (ahem!) almost anything on four wheels.

Gremlin have acquired the licence for this amazing marque, and produced this - a one or two-player Lotus challenge game, in which you race either the computer or a friend around one of 32 different tracks, whilst trying to keep ahead of eighteen other manic Lotus drivers.

At the start of the game you can adjust game parameters such as the difficulty level, number of laps, control method and whether the car has manual or automatic gears. After that, select one of four tracks from the in-car CD player, or just switch it off and listen to the sound of squealing tyres.

Then it's onto the race itself - zoom down the twisting track over hills and down dips avoiding rocks, road signs and other cars to come in the top ten. If you're eleventh or worse at the end of the race, you're out.

During a race pitstops are available to refuel and repair damaged parts - but spend too much time in the pits, and everyone else will leave you for lost!

Amiga

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge's emphasis is on speed and realism, with highly detailed vehicles, roadside signs, track hazards, hills and bends whizzing past at an incredible rate, creating a real sense of screaming around a track at gut-wrenching speed.

The sound is excellent, with four thumping tracks which blast out along with the roaring effects, which only serve to enhance the atmosphere. Along with all this, Lotus is full to overflowing with game options, which give heaps of lasting appeal.

Challenging gameplay (especially with two players) and astounding audio-visuals combine to make Lotus Esprit Challenge a brilliant game, and one that demands immediate purchase.

Robert Swan