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Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge

Critic Score User Score
Amiga
86
3.2
Commodore 64
...
2.4
Amstrad CPC
...
2.8
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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 Amiga Watch for the oil on the road
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amiga Gaining the position through the inner circle
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Atari ST Driving in Mexico.
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amstrad CPC Near the goal

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 (2016)

Critic Reviews

Top Secret Atari ST Sep, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Obligement Amiga Sep, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Action Amiga Jun, 1992 90 out of 100 90
The One Amiga Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Nov, 1990 875 out of 1000 88
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 86 out of 100 86
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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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