Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge (DOS)

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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 DOS Watch out for trucks.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Night Course.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS The Track Details
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Offroad Course.

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

An excellent game. Tomer Gabel (4353) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Not what it may seem... Quackbal (51) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1993 10 out of 12 83
Pelit Jul, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Oct, 1993 73 out of 100 73
PC Joker Aug, 1993 71 out of 100 71
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1994 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Imperium Gier Oct 22, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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.

PC version differences

The PC DOS version differs in some odd ways from the Amiga and ST versions of the game:

  • from the selectable cars, the Esprit Turbo SE has been replaced by the Esprit S4 in the PC version
  • some gameplay elements are not present, like the trunks in the forest level (so you can't jump over water)
  • the screen's aspect ratio is wrong, causing the car sprites to be squeezed vertically
  • even when selecting "Soundblaster", the game does not feature any digital sound effects. There's no "Marks, set, go!" either.

Still, the PC port is quite remarkable as it is playable on a 286 with 12 MHz already and is almost perfectly fluid at 16 MHz.


  • 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)
Information also contributed by ケヴィン
Luiz Pacheco (1257) added Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge (DOS) on Jul 21, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Christian Klein (5970) and Terok Nor (20778)