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Description

Starting out with just a basic Lamborghini and $6000, your aim is to rise to the top of the 4 divisions of racing through success on 60 racetracks across America. In each division there are 20 rival racers, up to 3 of which compete in each race at a time.

The races also feature lots of local drivers (who can take crucial positions away from you and the other championship drivers), Sunday drivers going at normal speed, and police. Before each race you will be told of the quality of the locals and the likelihood of police presence.

When police are in the area, speeding beyond 110 Km/h could see you branded as an offender, at which point the police will try to ram you off the road, Chase H.Q.-style. You can attempt to reach the end of the race despite this damage (which eventually hampers your speed), or simply pull over and accept a fine and the loss of race points. If the police subsequently stop you, the fine is heavier.

Each race costs money to enter, and your earnings can be boosted by betting on the results with the other championship drivers. If one of you wins, each driver gives you either the amount they bet or the amount you bet, whichever is lower; if a local wins you get your stake back.

Lots of power-ups can be bought along the way, including tires, radar jammers, engine improvements and nitro boosts. To move up a division you must take the Divisional Challenge, a one-off trek through a tough section within the time limit. You buy a set of 3 passes for this, each allowing one attempt.

Screenshots

Lamborghini: American Challenge Amiga Buying upgrades
Lamborghini: American Challenge Amstrad CPC Here are the results.
Lamborghini: American Challenge DOS Trying to pass an opponent
Lamborghini: American Challenge SNES Completing the race.

Alternate Titles

  • "Crazy Cars III" -- Amiga/Atari ST title
  • "Crazy Cars 3" -- C64 title

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User Reviews

Another opinion and this one is a lot less positive. DOS Roedie (5205)
Storming down a highway in a Lamborghini. What more could you ask for? DOS Julian McKenzie (159)

Critic Reviews

ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Action Amiga Sep, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Game Boy Sep, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1994 2.75 out of 6 65
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Jun, 1994 6.5 out of 10 65
High Score Amiga Jun, 1994 3 out of 5 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jun, 1994 7 out of 12 58
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1994 55 out of 100 55
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2000 4.2 out of 10 42
PC Games (Germany) DOS Aug, 1995 29 out of 100 29

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Is a split out of the question? 2 Alaka (38329)
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Trivia

Cameo

On the player selection screen, there is a character's portrait that looks an awful lot like Mister T from The A-Team TV series. On some versions of the game, his name is given as Joe.

Differences from Crazy Cars III

  • Two player mode in substitution of the training mode.
  • Reworked title screen.
  • The brands Lamborghini and Diablo are now used under license from Automobili Lamborghini S.P.A, Italy.
  • Mouse support (DOS version)
  • Music has been retouched to better fit the Sound Blaster capabilities (DOS version).

SNES version

The SNES version of the game is unique in that it supports the Super Scope Light Gun. Having it plugged in activates a unique racing mode and changes the game considerably, as the player can shoot his way through traffic rather than avoiding it.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #18 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Roedie and WildKard
Contributed to by POMAH (38419), Trixter (8790), Kabushi (161387), Martin Smith (62934) and Skitchy (189)