Test Drive

Critic Score User Score
Commodore 64
64
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Apple II
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4.5
PC-98
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3.8

User Reviews

A new style of racing game DOS 5u3 (197)
Poor controls and monotonous scenery didn't stop this one from becoming a classic. DOS Trixter (8712)
I'm embarrased to have liked it. DOS Yeah Right (57)
Old, bad sound and graphics.....but I liked it. DOS ThE oNe (178)
Driving For The Computer Impaired DOS The Cheshire (6)
Not a very good game altogether. DOS Tomer Gabel (4361)
It's a classic, but being a classic doesn't stop a game from not being very good. DOS Jim Fun (222)
The Best Commodore 64 Driving Game Commodore 64 DreamArcades (6)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 17 3.7
Apple II 2 4.5
Atari ST 7 4.1
Commodore 64 15 3.7
DOS 35 3.3
PC-98 3 3.8
Combined User Score 79 3.6


Critic Reviews

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83
AmigaACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The graphics are generally of a high quality, with each car's interior being particularly well drawn. Scrolling is a bit on the poor side though as the on-coming traffic tends to move rather jerkily. The sound is tremendous with screeches and whining engines throughout. Just sink into the leather and absorb the game's sheer driveability.
82
Atari STACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
There isn't quite the same polish to the graphics on this driver's eye-view road racer that the Amiga version manages - the ST sound in particular falls a little short of the mark - but that's only to be expected. The thrill of wild acceleration and cornering is still there, the graphics move well and the presentation impresses.
82
Commodore 64ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The gameplay is surprisingly similar to the Amiga version. Graphics are chunky but well-animated to give a good car driving game. Still short of lasting interest though.
80
Commodore 6464'er
Grafisch ist „Test Drive“ sehr schön simuliert. Fahrerkabine und Schaltung sind sehr realitätsnah dargestellt. Alleine der Rückspiegel ist Beweis für die hervorragende Simulation. Entgegenkommende Autos erscheinen dort zum Beispiel aus der Rückansicht und werden immer kleiner, bis sie dann verschwinden. Überholte Fahrzeuge tauchen wieder auf, fährt man eine Zeitlang sehr langsam. Die „Bewegung“ der Straße wirkt ein wenig ruckhaft, was aber nicht allzusehr ins Gewicht fällt. Viel störender ist die Landschaft. An ihr ändert sich im wesentlichen nichts. Die Streckenabschnitte sind zwar unterschiedlich, wirken jedoch ziemlich gleich, da sich nichts an der Umgebung ändert.
80
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Das Spiel ist mit keinem anderen Programm dieser Gattung zu vergleichen, da hier ein bisher nie dagewesener Realitätsgrad erreicht wird. Dieses Spiel darf auf keinem Fall in lhrer Programmsammlung fehlen, es sei denn, Sie besitzen einen der Wagen!!!
80
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
The annoying thing about Test Drive is the amount of time it takes to get from one part of the program to another, the continual disk access being a consequence, no doubt, of the graphic richness of the piece.
80
Atari STAtari ST User
I've yet to see a realistic car racing simulation on the ST - the screen display, handling and general feel just aren't quite right. However, it's a good game with nice graphics and reasonable sound. It's fun to play and quite addictive, though £25 is a bit steep for my pocket.
80
AmigaLe Geek
If you are an Amiga fan—or a fan of early pseudo 3D games in general—you'll probably enjoy wasting an afternoon with Test Drive like I did. Otherwise, your mileage may vary.
79
DOSGameAspect.com
Despite the fact that its old and not much of a driving sim, this game started off an entire franchise which continues to this day, almost 25 years after it was first released. I spent many hours racing around mountain roads in this game years before I was even allowed to think about driving. If you can find this game somewhere for a few bucks, its worth trying it out.
73
Atari STST Action
Beware not to be caught by the police as no amount of smooth talking will help you out! The game will end when you are caught or when you suffer five mishaps on the same stage. Scores are registered and the option to play again is offered, either with the same car or another.
72
AmigaACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
[Retest] As a simulator it's still one of the most accurate, but as a game it's been superseded by other more action-packed titles.
72
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK)
Test Drive has its faults, not least of which are the limited gameplay and lack of track variation, but as a first person racing game it's well worth considering for purchase.
69
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
The colours used are sparse, considering what the Amiga is capable of, and they do not improve much as the game progresses. The sound FX of engine notes in different gears and squealing tyres as you take sharp bends and dips in the road add excitement and give a reasonable impression of high-speed driving. But lastability is a fragile commodity with there not being enough to do in the game.
67
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
The biggest problem with Test Drive is the lack of gameplay: the Rock is still the same - repetitive, graphically basic and with a distinct lack of variety and lasting challenge. Even a novice ST games-player shouldn't find it too hard to get through to the end. A very competent, but ultimately unexciting release.
50
Commodore 64All Game Guide
Despite its flaws Test Drive is a cool game for a short time. Replay value is limited since there is only one road to drive each of the cars on. One other problem is that the instructions say that you only get five chances. However I have received more than five at times so I have to assume you get more when reaching checkpoints or maybe it has something to do with your point totals.
49
AmigaHappy Computer
Die Strecke ist leider nicht sonderlich abwechslungsreich. Vom Gegenverkehr einmal abgesehen, sieht man auf der mit Kurven gesegneten Straße herzlich wenig. Ähnliches gilt für die Spielmotivation: Am Anfang ist man regelrecht begeistert, doch wenn man die Strecke einmal ganz geschafft hat, beginnt das große Gähnen. Die Amiga-Version glänzt mit tollen Effekten, aber spielerisch vermisse ich eine doppelte Portion Abwechslung.
46
Commodore 64Zzap!
An unusual driving simulation let down by average graphics, poor sound and ultimately repetitive gameplay.
40
AmigaPower Play
Tempolimit? Nein danke; mit Bleifuß und PS-Power geht man bei "Test Drive" auf Punktejagd. Wollten Sie schon immer mal am Steuer eines unbezahlbaren Traumwagens sitzen? Ob Lamborghini Countach oder Porsche 911 Turbo, fünf Wagen dieser Klasse stehen zu Ihrer freien Verfügung bereit - vorausgesetzt, man hat den richtigen Computer und "Test Drive", eine neue Rennsimulation.
35
Commodore 64Power Play
Tempolimit? Nein danke; mit Bleifuß und PS-Power geht man bei "Test Drive" auf Punktejagd. Wollten Sie schon immer mal am Steuer eines unbezahlbaren Traumwagens sitzen? Ob Lamborghini Countach oder Porsche 911 Turbo, fünf Wagen dieser Klasse stehen zu Ihrer freien Verfügung bereit - vorausgesetzt, man hat den richtigen Computer und "Test Drive", eine neue Rennsimulation.