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Grand Prix Simulator (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

Calling it a 'simulator' was a stretch, as with many of Codemasters' titles. In reality it was an overhead-view Super Sprint style arcade racer for 1 or 2 players, similar in many ways to the company's BMX Simulator.

There were up to 14 circuits depending on the format, which incorporated many underpasses (some of them deliberately unrealistic) and tight curves. There were oil slicks to avoid and points bonuses to pick up.

The cars have slow acceleration but a lot of power down the straights. You are scored based on your overall time and your fastest lap. Lose to the computer car and it's game over.

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Grand Prix Simulator ZX Spectrum There is actual sampled speech during the countdown
Grand Prix Simulator ZX Spectrum Collect the object for points
Grand Prix Simulator ZX Spectrum The oil spill will make you spin out of control if you turn too fast in it
Grand Prix Simulator ZX Spectrum Loading screen

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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Dec, 1987 732 out of 1000 73

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You can get an idea as to the budget of this game from the semi-attached license. Not Mansell, Prost, Senna or another superstar from the day, but Johnny Dumfries - a backmarker most famous for being heir to a £15m fortune.
Martin Smith (63162) added Grand Prix Simulator (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 21, 2004
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (20706), Martin Smith (63162) and Игги Друге (39664)