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DescriptionLicensed by the classic British car company, this game featured 2 modes of play - one has you racing against 19 computer rivals (with witty names such as Alain Phosphate and Crash-Hard Banger), and the other pits you against the clock.
There are 13 different types of races, ranging from Motorways to night-time to sections punctuated by roadworks, and some are lap-based with others being simple A-B. 2 players could play on a split screen mode.
The game's crowning glory, however, was the RECS editor, which allowed you to create courses of your own, with theoretically millions possible.
- "Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge for your PC" -- DOS title
- "Lotus II: R.E.C.S." -- European Mega Drive title
- "Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge" -- Amiga title
- "Lotus III" -- Post-trilogy title
- "Lotus II" -- US Genesis title
Part of the Following Groups
- Automobile: Lotus Esprit
- Games with manual lookup copy protection
- Lotus Challenge series
- Physical Bonus Content: Poster
|An excellent game.||DOS||Tomer Gabel (4643)|
|Less fun in practice than in theory||Amiga||Martin Smith (74278)|
|Not what it may seem...||DOS||Quackbal (51)|
|The One||Amiga||Oct, 1992||86 out of 100||86|
|Atari ST User||Atari ST||Dec, 1992||84 out of 100||84|
|Amiga Format||Amiga||Nov, 1992||76 out of 100||76|
|ST Format||Atari ST||Dec, 1992||75 out of 100||75|
|Amiga Power||Amiga||Oct, 1992||74 out of 100||74|
|Amiga Games||Amiga||Oct, 1992||74 out of 100||74|
|PC Joker||DOS||Aug, 1993||71 out of 100||71|
|PC Player (Germany)||DOS||Sep, 1993||70 out of 100||70|
|Play Time||Amiga||Nov, 1992||67 out of 100||67|
|Imperium Gier||DOS||Oct 22, 1998||40|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Wrong Alternate Name||2||Patrick Bregger (257068)
Mar 04, 2015
Bonus gameThere is a hidden bonus game which was an updated version of P.O.D.. See here on how to unlock it on the DOS version of the game.
CarsIt appears that there are only three kinds of cars in the game, but there are actually five for you to choose from. The original three, the opponent's car, and the sprite car. All three were playable in early versions of the game.
EditorThe RECS track editor was originally planned as a data disk for Lotus 2.
PC version differences
The PC DOS version differs in some odd ways from the Amiga and ST versions of the game:
- from the selectable cars, the Esprit Turbo SE has been replaced by the Esprit S4 in the PC version
- some gameplay elements are not present, like the trunks in the forest level (so you can't jump over water)
- the screen's aspect ratio is wrong, causing the car sprites to be squeezed vertically
- even when selecting "Soundblaster", the game does not feature any digital sound effects.
Still, the PC port is quite remarkable as it is playable on a 286 with 12 MHz already and is almost perfectly fluid at 16 MHz.
- Amiga Joker
- Issue 02/1993 – Best Sports Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
- Power Play
- Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Sports/Racing Game in 1992 (Amiga version)