Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge

Critic Score User Score
DOS
70
3.9
Atari ST
...
4.2
Amiga
81
4.2
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Description

Licensed by the classic British car company, this game featured 2 modes of play - one has you racing against 19 computer rivals (with witty names such as Alain Phosphate and Crash-Hard Banger), and the other pits you against the clock.

There are 13 different types of races, ranging from Motorways to night-time to sections punctuated by roadworks, and some are lap-based with others being simple A-B. 2 players could play on a split screen mode.

The game's crowning glory, however, was the RECS editor, which allowed you to create courses of your own, with theoretically millions possible.

Screenshots

Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Atari ST Goal!
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Select the Background Music
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Amiga The futuristic course
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS In The Mountains

Alternate Titles

  • "Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge for your PC" -- DOS title
  • "Lotus II: R.E.C.S." -- European Mega Drive title
  • "Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge" -- Amiga title
  • "Lotus III" -- Post-trilogy title
  • "Lotus II" -- US Genesis title

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User Reviews

An excellent game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4361)
Less fun in practice than in theory Amiga Martin Smith (63067)
Not what it may seem... DOS Quackbal (48)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Oct, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Pelit DOS Jul, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Power Unlimited Genesis May, 1994 7.7 out of 10 77
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1994 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Mega Fun Genesis Nov, 1993 67 out of 100 67

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Trivia

Bonus game

There is a hidden bonus game which was an updated version of P.O.D.. See here on how to unlock it on the DOS version of the game.

Cars

It appears that there are only three kinds of cars in the game, but there are actually five for you to choose from. The original three, the opponent's car, and the sprite car. All three were playable in early versions of the game.

Editor

The RECS track editor was originally planned as a data disk for Lotus 2.

PC version differences

The PC DOS version differs in some odd ways from the Amiga and ST versions of the game:

  • from the selectable cars, the Esprit Turbo SE has been replaced by the Esprit S4 in the PC version
  • some gameplay elements are not present, like the trunks in the forest level (so you can't jump over water)
  • the screen's aspect ratio is wrong, causing the car sprites to be squeezed vertically
  • even when selecting "Soundblaster", the game does not feature any digital sound effects. There's no "Marks, set, go!" either.

Still, the PC port is quite remarkable as it is playable on a 286 with 12 MHz already and is almost perfectly fluid at 16 MHz.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Sports Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Sports/Racing Game in 1992 (Amiga version)
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Contributed to by Luiz Pacheco (1257), Christian Klein (5923) and Terok Nor (20159)