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Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge

MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
...
3.7
DOS
73
3.9
Atari ST
...
3.9
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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 DOS Offroad Course.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Marsh Course.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Roadwork Course.
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge DOS Storm Course.

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 (4394)
Less fun in practice than in theory Amiga Martin Smith (63168)
Not what it may seem... DOS Quackbal (47)

The Press Says

Amiga Action Amiga Oct, 1992 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga Amiga Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1992 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1992 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Power Unlimited Genesis May, 1994 7.7 out of 10 77
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1992 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) DOS Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1994 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Bonus game

There is a hidden bonus game with similarities to Centipede.

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.

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)
Information also contributed by ケヴィン
Contributed to by Luiz Pacheco (1257), Christian Klein (5791) and Terok Nor (18320)