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In the early nineties, the Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest serial-produced car ever. Core Design acquired the right to build a game around it, in a move to counter Gremlin's immensely successful Lotus series.

Just like Lotus, Jaguar XJ220 is viewed from behind the racer. There are 32 tracks all over the world, with varying road conditions and animated weather conditions such as rain and fog in England, snow in Switzerland, and tumbleweed crossing the street in Egypt. You race your Jaguar in a constructor grand prix, with opponents running for Porsche, Ferrari and other famous makers. Between races, you must mend the damage your car has sustained, which eats up your prize money. Background music is selected through a dashboard CD player, which also features some rather uninspiring radio stations.

The game can also be played in a two-player split-screen mode and features a track editor for when you tire of the built-in courses.


Jaguar XJ220 SEGA CD Starting a GP race.
Jaguar XJ220 SEGA CD Losing a GP race.
Jaguar XJ220 SEGA CD Title screen
Jaguar XJ220 SEGA CD A track editor lets you design brief sections.

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Mean Machines Apr, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited Sep, 1993 8.8 out of 10 88
Sega Force Sep 30, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Video Games Aug, 1993 80 out of 100 80 Apr 13, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Mega Fun Aug, 1993 64 out of 100 64
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jun 26, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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Cancelled Atari ST version

A version for the Atari ST was in development, but was never finished. Andrew Buchanan started to port the Amiga code to the ST in June 1992, but was pulled from the project in August to work on Darkmere: The Nightmare's Begun. Unfinished development versions were released on the Guardians Of The PaST website in 2009.

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//dbz: (5276) added Jaguar XJ220 (SEGA CD) on May 03, 2003
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