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The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing (DOS)

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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 DOS Tournament Menu (CGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Lap - Suzuka Circuit (EGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Accolade company logo (CGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Wheelie at the start of the race (EGA)

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

An accessible motorbike game with a novel camera view Roedie (5226) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
A clean but unbalanced racing sim. Trixter (8736) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Time changes a lot of things but not this game.. Still a great game. MajorDad (474) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Jan, 1990 81 out of 100 81

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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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Trixter (8736) added The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing (DOS) on Mar 01, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Quapil (4742), Martin Smith (63162) and Terok Nor (18430)