Lotus Turbo Challenge 2

PC
  • Gremlin Graphics

  • FormatVideo Game
  • Typedriving
  • SystemMicrocomputer

Tighten your seat belts for the slickest racer on the Amiga.  Not the fastest, that honour goes to Jaguar XJ220, but Lotus was better in every other way.  As soon as you boot the game you know your in for a treat.  

The crisp graphics whizz by more smoothly than any other game of the period o
Andy Pryer 

 The presentation level is unusually high and oozes quality.  The exquisitely drawn graphics show off some of the best of British racing tech in the intro, which accompanied by music that’s still popular today.

The very brief loading times barely give you a chance to admire the beautifully rendered loading screens and musical interludes which beautifully hint at the course ahead. The game never allows you become bored, even while it’s loading.  This sequel abandons the circuit format of the previous Lotus game and adopting the point to point rally course style a-la Outrun. The tight time limits can be expanded by racing through the regular checkpoints.  

Speech samples for such events are proved by an ‘everyman’ British narrator, who also starts you and congratulates you on successfully completing the course.  Aside from your fellow racers and the usual roadside furniture, there are other obstacles to avoid like large puddles and logs in the road creating shacains.

Complete the first forest course then it’s on to a night drive towards an illuminated city.  Then it’s back to the countryside for a by a spin in the fog. Complete this and you can test your skill on the slippery ice track (complete with musical joke while it loads).  We haven’t had a desert track yet, so that’s the obvious next choice before the more familiar venue of the good ol’ English motorway, followed by marshes, then for the final showdown its another Great British tradition: A Rainstorm complete with floods.

The crisp graphics whizz by more smoothly than any other game of the period on the Amiga, even in two player split-screen mode, although some of this slickness was unfortunately lost in the console conversions. There are also very accessional pickups: a turbo offers a brief boost in performance and the extra time adds a few seconds to your clock.  Although there are two cars in the game, there was no option to choose.  The Esprit Turbo SE being driven in even levels and the Elan SE in the odd.

The game relies on a password feature rather than a save game facility.  Entering the password ‘DUX’ accesses a simple but addictive hidden bonus game! The music for this hidden game is now playing in my head.  On the Amiga at least, this games manages to outrun Outrun.

Review by Andy Pryer @clammylizard

Lotus Turbo Challenge 2
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Lotus Turbo Challenge 2

  • Gremlin Graphics

  • FormatVideo Game
  • Typedriving
  • SystemMicrocomputer

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