Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge (Amstrad CPC)

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amstrad CPC Title screen

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Description

The first in a series of 3 racing games endorsed by the legendary car company, which is now a part of Proton.

The game features a total of 32 fictitious racetracks from around the world, split into 3 difficulty levels. There are 19 computer opponents (15 on the 8-bit versions) and you have to finish in the top 10 (top 8 on the 8-bits) to progress. The higher you finish in one race, the lower down the grid you start for the next race. The opposition drivers have pun names based on the F1 drivers of the day - examples include Ricardo Pastry and Crashhard Banger.

You can choose between sound effects or one of a variety of music pieces. The game features a simultaneous 2-player mode, but the 1-player mode only uses half the screen, a simple animation filling the other half. In most races you will have to make a pitstop for fuel in order to reach the finish. The tracks include features such as oil slicks, roadworks, boulders and rivers - contact with these (or the other cars) will slow you, but there is no car damage model.

Screenshots

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amstrad CPC Title screen
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amstrad CPC First race is in Verona
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amstrad CPC Sometimes you can't see the ground
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amstrad CPC You mean I can drive this?

Alternate Titles

  • "Lotus I" -- Post-trilogy Title

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User Reviews

One of the best racing games for the CPC. Neville (2027) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Retrogaming History Oct 25, 2010 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1991 670 out of 1000 67

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Trivia

Competition

When originally released, Gremlin ran a promotion whereby anyone who completed all 3 difficulty levels by winning their respective championships was given a code by the game, and could send this to Gremlin's office to receive a spoof 'Lotus License'.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #5 Best Sports Game in 1990
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #45 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Driving Games

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Игги Друге (44954) added Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge (Amstrad CPC) on Sep 30, 2006
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