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Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge (DOS)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Storm Course.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Watch out for trucks.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Logs let your car jump.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Night 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 (4388) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Not what it may seem... Quackbal (47) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

The Press Says

Pelit Jul, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Oct, 1993 73 out of 100 73
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
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

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Trivia

Bonus game

There is a hidden bonus game with similarities to Centipede.

Cars

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.

Awards

  • 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 (5791) and Terok Nor (18347)