Wow, I cannot believe you can now buy this for a mere 30 pence, that seems outrageous, considering that many moons ago you would have paid about £25.00 for this racing game. Amiga games are quite collectible, considering now they are viewed as retro and something of a nostalgic nature.
The premise of this game was to drive a Lotus Esprit and complete a series of race tracks. You could play it in single player mode or as a two player and you would control it using a joystick. The playability was really good, though the game was pretty hard to master. The steering of the car would really put pressure on the hands and wrists and after half an hour of gaming you would feel pretty exhuasted.
The game benefited from substantial graphics though and an excellent view of the Lotus. The shot, so you could see the whole car from behind made it great fun. I hate games where you're inside the vehicle and you cannot see what you're driving. The Lotus would have to zoom around a track, or in some cases normal roads, watching out for challenges along the way. The challenges could be in the form of other cars or trees, or oil slicks. The slicks would pose huge problems, causing you to spin off and slowing the car down.
The game was followed by a popular sequel, which improved graphically on the original, but lacked some of the charm. The music on this is tense and sounds very 'Top Gear' and it is a definite blokey game. If you buy it boxed then you will receive the sleek box with the Lotus on the cover and the instruction manual. Amiga enthusiasts would be advised to check it out.
This game was once of my favourite games for the Amiga and still is today. This was the first instalment of the Lotus games and was first released in 1990 (16 bit version). The aim of the game was to race using a lotus esprit turbo on many different tracks.
The game was also multiplayer and spent hours playing against people but I wouldn't play if I could not be the red lotus. During the races themselves the gamer would come across obstacles and hazards e.g. road blocks, oil slicks and winter conditions.
With two players the game becomes a lot better because the computer AI is not very good and doesn't really give you any challenge on the track. In each race the gamer could compete against 20 different cars and the main aim is to finish in the best position as possible. The turns on the tracks are indicated by various road signs and can be difficult turning for the harsher bends.
Graphics were great for the time and at times felt that you were actually going 150 mph.
The sound was not that great but what do you expect from this old console!
The game was a hit and is still a classic for many driving game lovers and each track is a true challenge to win.
I'm amazed to see the old Commodore Amiga games appearing on dooyoo. I guess they must still have some sort of following in the USA or UK. Perhaps people are using PC based emulators to run them.
I had an Atari ST first, which in 1985 was probably top notch, costing £300 back then. 512KB ram!
I bought the two Lotus games back in the late 1980's early 1990's. The Lotus challenge one was excellent as you could play two player head to head split screen. The graphics at the time were very good, although not a patch on something like GTA Vice City or the ultimate on the XBOX 360 - Test Drive Unlimited.
I guess in 20 years time the games running on computers then will make TDU look basic! We live in hope. The one thing for sure, is that games are looking more and more realistic, although graphics don't make a game good by themselves. There are some pretty old games that are brilliant because of the key missing ingredient to many a game ...instant playability!
Vibrating controllers, movement gyro's etc all add to the entertainment as do wireless headsets.