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Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge (Amiga)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Licensed by the classic British car company, this game featured 2 modes of play - one has you racing against 19 computer rivals (with witty names such as Alain Phosphate and Crash-Hard Banger), and the other pits you against the clock.

There are 13 different types of races, ranging from Motorways to night-time to sections punctuated by roadworks, and some are lap-based with others being simple A-B. 2 players could play on a split screen mode.

The game's crowning glory, however, was the RECS editor, which allowed you to create courses of your own, with theoretically millions possible.


Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Amiga Strong side winds on this course
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Amiga Reached first checkpoint
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Amiga Intro
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Amiga Next race loading screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge for your PC" -- DOS title
  • "Lotus II: R.E.C.S." -- European Mega Drive title
  • "Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge" -- Amiga title
  • "Lotus III" -- Post-trilogy title
  • "Lotus II" -- US Genesis title

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User Reviews

Less fun in practice than in theory Martin Smith (63048) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

The Press Says

Amiga Action Oct, 1992 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Nov, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Obligement Oct, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Pelit Jun, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Format Nov, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Games Oct, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Power Oct, 1992 74 out of 100 74


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Bonus game

There is a hidden bonus game which was an updated version of P.O.D.. See here on how to unlock it on the DOS version of the game.


It appears that there are only three kinds of cars in the game, but there are actually five for you to choose from. The original three, the opponent's car, and the sprite car. All three were playable in early versions of the game.


The RECS track editor was originally planned as a data disk for Lotus 2.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Sports Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Sports/Racing Game in 1992 (Amiga version)
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Christian Klein (5781) added Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge (Amiga) on Jan 04, 2004
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