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Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge

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Name: Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge
Year: 1993
Publisher: Gremlin Interactive
Developer: Magnetic Fields
Platform: PC
Genre: Racing
Total rating: 79.4% - rated 68 times
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Submitter: Res
Added: May 23 2004
Warez status: Abandonware

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Author: Laglord
Date: Oct 06 2004 - 10:35
Score: 35 points
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Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge is very comparible to Lamborghini: The American Challenge. They are both sprite based racers and they both use a road viewable at any angle with up-hills and down-hills but they are 2 very different games. Before you even bother with reading this, make sure that if you are on XP, that you have dosbox. The game runs flawlessy on it, but if you try to launch it without it wont even start.

You choose one of the lotus cars and race yourelf against a full grid of
others. There aren't hordes of traffic to get in your way, there are just
the cars and you. You begin in last place in every race and you work your way up from last place to hopefully first place. A twist in the gameplayis the fuel meter. As you drive, the lotus guzzles the fuel incredibly fast. When you feel you need to stop and fill up you must come to a complete stop at the side of the road and as you wait, the fuel refills. When you think you've got enough to go, you simply accelerate and try to take - over all those cars that just passed you. Another obstacle you have to overcome is the wheather and conditions of the road. A course with high wind will push your car one direction if you are at a high enough speed. A track with water will screw your handling and a night track will leave you with a short viewing distance. The turns are easy to perform because there a plenty of road signs before the road actually starts to bend and the handling is very competent. Gameplay is pretty enjoyable for a while.

For a game of its age, the graphics are pretty good. The cars have enough sprites to make them viewable from a long distance, and the road side objects such as road signs, rocks or trees a filled with plenty of detail and their animation as you pass them is very smooth.

Not much here. Before you begin a race, you can pick from a couple of tunes or listen to while you race. Apart from that, there is nothing. Your car doesn't make any sounds at all.

Its only 1MB, so give it a go if you must. The bad point is that you are not really trying to achieve a goal in this game. Random track creator is a nice bonus but once you've completed the championship once, thats it.

In conclusion, Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge is a decent sprite racer, but if you are into this type of game, then try out Lamborghini: The American Challenge.

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By Machbuster - Sep 05 2006 - 12:40
Great in 2 players ... But sometimes it happened that even though you finished 2nd you had more points  :) Great idea with the music station you choose to listen to before every race ...
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By Ben_sullivan - Jun 05 2006 - 19:35
Just go on the DOSBOX forum, there are full instructions there, it worked for me. :)
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By Spejhle - May 29 2006 - 13:30
:( I thing, DOSBox is too complicated
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By Oandarilho01 - Mar 14 2006 - 13:38
Wow..... here a great one.. In the past times of my 100MHz cpu, this one was the best and most advanced racing game i played.. And it still worths a lot..

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