The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing

Critic Score User Score
ZX Spectrum
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Commodore 64
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2.3
DOS
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3.4
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Description

As the name suggests, The Cycles simulates International Grand Prix Racing, allowing a player to compete against 9 computer rivals. Choose from three classes of bike (125, 250 and 500cc), and between 8 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, France,England and Sweden) and 15 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, Western Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Brazil) original tracks depending on the version, at five difficulty levels (with the lower ones offering automatic gear changes).

The player can enter single races (always including qualifying) or complete in a full season. The action is viewed from the handlebars of your bike, a novelty for motorcycle racing at the time. The game engine is similar to that used by Grand Prix Circuit, but now incorporates hills.

Screenshots

The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing Amstrad CPC Off the road
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS At the starting line (EGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Title Screen (CGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Choose Your Track (CGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "Grand Prix Circuit: Cycles" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

An accessible motorbike game with a novel camera view DOS Roedie (5213)
A clean but unbalanced racing sim. DOS Trixter (8712)
Time changes a lot of things but not this game.. Still a great game. DOS MajorDad (474)

Critic Reviews

Zero DOS Jan, 1990 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1990 84 out of 100 84
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jan, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Power Play DOS Jan, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jan, 1990 773 out of 1000 77
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 70 out of 100 70
64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1992 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Music

There are drums in the Tandy music, but not in the Adlib music. Odd, considering that the Adlib is a much more capable card, and could have easily accommodated percussion in the title music.

References

A.I. riders like Brad Gourdo, Don Matrini and Kirk Patrick were named after some of the developers.

Information also contributed by Roedie.

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Contributed to by Quapil (4733), Trixter (8712), Martin Smith (63061) and Terok Nor (20325)