Written by  :  The Cheshire (6)
Written on  :  Jul 20, 2003
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars

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Driving For The Computer Impaired

The Good

Accolade hit pay dirt with this game. The forefather of the Test Drive series, and a few sub-species (Test Drive Off Road), this legend introduced the in-dash perspective to DOS gamers. A choice of the hottest cars at the time, a beat-the-clock ordeal, and plenty of traffic and cops to dodge, this game was a favorite of mine when I had my 386.

The Bad

The problem is I no longer own that 386, or most of the games that went with it, save the possibility of Lemmings. Compared to the games of today, you're looking at horrendous CGA or EGA 320x240 graphic modes, drive-you-nuts PC speaker audio, and a linear plot that after about two hours of playing, gets real boring next to the possibility of playing GTAIII.

The Bottom Line

If you're a classic nostalgia gamer, or you still have your 386, Test Drive is great. The rest of us can find a better DOS (or Windows) alternative.