Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge

Critic Score User Score
Atari ST
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...
Commodore 64
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2.4
ZX Spectrum
85
2.4
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Description

The first in a series of 3 racing games endorsed by the legendary car company, which is now a part of Proton.

The game features a total of 32 fictitious racetracks from around the world, split into 3 difficulty levels. There are 19 computer opponents (15 on the 8-bit versions) and you have to finish in the top 10 (top 8 on the 8-bits) to progress. The higher you finish in one race, the lower down the grid you start for the next race. The opposition drivers have pun names based on the F1 drivers of the day - examples include Ricardo Pastry and Crashhard Banger.

You can choose between sound effects or one of a variety of music pieces. The game features a simultaneous 2-player mode, but the 1-player mode only uses half the screen, a simple animation filling the other half. In most races you will have to make a pitstop for fuel in order to reach the finish. The tracks include features such as oil slicks, roadworks, boulders and rivers - contact with these (or the other cars) will slow you, but there is no car damage model.

Screenshots

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Atari ST Lotus Esprit Turbo SE performance.
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge ZX Spectrum Title Screen
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Atari ST Racing in Portugal.
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amiga Italy, at the start of the race, trying to break forward

Alternate Titles

  • "Lotus I" -- Post-trilogy Title

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User Reviews

A classic Atari ST racer Atari ST adam payne (18)
One of the best racing games for the CPC. Amstrad CPC Neville (2027)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Raze Amiga Dec, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1991 89 out of 100 89
The One Amiga Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1992 80 out of 100 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 789 out of 1000 79
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Retrogaming History Amstrad CPC Oct 25, 2010 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1991 670 out of 1000 67

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Trivia

Competition

When originally released, Gremlin ran a promotion whereby anyone who completed all 3 difficulty levels by winning their respective championships was given a code by the game, and could send this to Gremlin's office to receive a spoof 'Lotus License'.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #5 Best Sports Game in 1990
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #45 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Driving Games

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