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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 Commodore 64 Race results - sadly I did not finish due to wrecking the motorcycle
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing Amstrad CPC Approaching a turn
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing Amstrad CPC Track map
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing Macintosh Choose your bike

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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 (5250)
A clean but unbalanced racing sim. DOS Trixter (9114)
Time changes a lot of things but not this game.. Still a great game. DOS MajorDad (536)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Power Play DOS Dec, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jan, 1990 773 out of 1000 77
Play Time Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 69 out of 100 69
Compute's Amiga Resource Amiga Jun, 1990 13 out of 20 65
64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1992 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1990 4.4 out of 12 37


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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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