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As the name suggests, The Cycles simulates International Grand Prix Racing, allowing a player to compete against 9 computer rivals. Choose from three classes of bike (125, 250 and 500cc), and between 8 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, France,England and Sweden) and 15 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, Western Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Brazil) original tracks depending on the version, at five difficulty levels (with the lower ones offering automatic gear changes).

The player can enter single races (always including qualifying) or complete in a full season. The action is viewed from the handlebars of your bike, a novelty for motorcycle racing at the time. The game engine is similar to that used by Grand Prix Circuit, but now incorporates hills.


The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing Amstrad CPC Track map
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Choose Your Track (CGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing DOS Tournament Menu (EGA)
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing Amiga Bike Selection

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Alternate Titles

  • "Grand Prix Circuit: Cycles" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

An accessible motorbike game with a novel camera view DOS Roedie (5252)
A clean but unbalanced racing sim. DOS Trixter (9123)
Time changes a lot of things but not this game.. Still a great game. DOS MajorDad (536)

Critic Reviews

Zero DOS Jan, 1990 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jan, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Power Play DOS Dec, 1989 81 out of 100 81
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele DOS 1990 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jan, 1990 773 out of 1000 77
Play Time Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 69 out of 100 69
64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1992 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Nov, 1989 3.8 out of 12 32


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There are drums in the Tandy music, but not in the Adlib music. Odd, considering that the Adlib is a much more capable card, and could have easily accommodated percussion in the title music.


A.I. riders like Brad Gourdo, Don Matrini and Kirk Patrick were named after some of the developers.

Information also contributed by Roedie.

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