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Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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2.4
Amstrad CPC
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2.8
Atari ST
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3.3
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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 Commodore 64 Track information
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amstrad CPC Taking a curve
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amiga Unlike other cars in the race, you'll need to re-fuel which can be a critical time-taker
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Atari ST Driving in Mexico.

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 (2003)

The Press Says

Top Secret Atari ST Sep, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Nov, 1990 875 out of 1000 88
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum May, 1992 86 out of 100 86
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1991 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1990 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1990 9 out of 12 75
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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