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Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge

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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.


Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Genesis Early days on the Wind track
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Atari ST Starting in a tunnel
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Atari ST Mind the water
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge Amiga Esprit Turbo SE

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 (4388)
Less fun in practice than in theory Amiga Martin Smith (63156)
Not what it may seem... DOS Quackbal (47)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Pelit DOS Jul, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Obligement Amiga Oct, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Genesis May, 1994 7.7 out of 10 77
Amiga Games Amiga Oct, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Oct, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1994 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Sega-16.com Genesis Oct 12, 2009 7 out of 10 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70


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Bonus game

There is a hidden bonus game with similarities to Centipede.


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.


  • 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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