Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

WEC Le Mans

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User Reviews

Underrated gem from Ocean. Amstrad CPC Neville (1847)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amstrad CPC 2 4.3
Arcade 1 3.2
Commodore 64 3 1.9
MSX 1 4.0
ZX Spectrum 5 3.5
Combined MobyScore 12 3.3


The Press Says

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94
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
Aha! This is the driving game that's my barg of the month, if not the year. What else can I say? It's better than Chase HQ
91
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
The next 16-bit owner to come up to me and say that the Spectrum is a dying machine, I'm going to kick his teeth in, or I'll do the next best thing. I'll grab him by the lapels and drag him over to a Speccy, and then put on WEC Le Mans, the latest in a long line of racing conversions. Up until now, I always thought of Super Hang On as the ultimate in Spectrum racing. Le Mans looks at SHO, says "I can do that", makes the graphics bigger, moves more items around, does it faster, makes the tea, puts the kids to sleep and then takes you out for a meal afterwards. Now that's what I call programming.
90
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
It's not much fun being a Le Mans 24 hour racing driver. First you get strapped to the front of a giant petrol tank containing a trillion gallons of highly dangerous fluid. Eeek! That's enough to put most people off for a start. Then they send you off around a twisty, turny, treacherous track at 200 miles an hour, with 30 or more totally mad people to join you. And that's not the worst! The worst is that they make you do it for 24 (24!!) hours non stop (well, actually, that's a bit of a lie) and feed you full of coffee to keep you awake. All very well, but what they haven't thought of is providing any way to, erm, 'do your business', without stopping and losing the race. Ouch! Maybe a full bladder is an added incentive to winning and getting first in the queue to the little drivers room.
88
Amstrad CPCComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Another coin-op hit, this puts you in control of a Jaguar racing car, screaming around the tamed Le Mans circuit. Well received when it was first released, WEC Le Mans is still a remarkably addictive racer, and for three quid, is a lot better value than some of the full-priced racers about. Well worth a look.
88
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Perhaps no longer the best car racing game - there are many competitors it's hard to pick a best - but WEC Le Mans still qualifies in the front row.
66
ZX SpectrumCrash!
Another tough racing game, but much older, is Full Throttle. Despite that game's simple visual charms, WEC Le Mans beats it hands-down for looks, with well-defined graphics whizzing past at great speed and - unlike Enduro Racer - no confusing overlaps. Also like Full Throttle, it remembers the competitor cars, so you can catch up with those two drivers who caused you to crash. But otherwise this is far inferior. For a start there's only only one track which little resembles the map layout, then there's dodgy collision detection and only one (far too tough) skill level, severely limiting lastability. WEC Le Mans is great fun to play for a while, but I suspect it will end up severely gathering dust.
59
Commodore 64ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Oh dear! Although the Amstrad and Spectrum versions of this coin-op conversion were great, the C64 version is not. The impression of speed is there, but the car's handling feels all wrong. It is still better than Out Run was, but it is not up to the standard of the others.
38
Commodore 64Power Play
Die C64-Umsetzung bringt nicht ansatzweise das gute Spielgefühl des Automaten rüber, der mit Spitzengrafik und einer schwindelerregenden Hydraulik für Aufregung sorgt. Wer Out Run auf dem C64 toll fand, wird auch WEC Le Mans mögen. Aber dieser jemand muß schon einen sehr eigenen Geschmack haben, denn beide Autorennen spielen sich gräßlich und sind arge Langweiler.
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Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Unlike the completely brill Spectrum and Amstrad versions, this laughable attempt at a conversion is as much fun as shoving your head in a meat grinder. If you enjoy slow, dull racers, take a look, but anyone with any sense will steer clear.