Monday, August 10, 2015

Lotus Turbo Challenge II

If there was one game that I always enjoyed on my old Atari ST, it's Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge. Such amazing graphics to gawk at and such a thrilling game with its semi-realistic physics that made it so utterly addictive without ever crossing over into simulator land but Lotus 2 is different to the original game in a number of ways.

Firstly, you will instantly notice that you have the entire screen to drool over those 16-bit graphics. Also, you aren't racing a specific number of laps around a circuit because we now have checkpoints as we race across the American continent. There are also nifty weather conditions to endure and crudely add to the pseudo-realism, even if drivers fail to use their headlights at night... Strangely, your car appears to be running on fairy dust, there is never a need to refuel your sexy new Esprit or Elan soft top. These differences help to make Lotus II leap forward from the original driving experience, yet it still has its familiar style of playability.

What more can I say about this game? I personally enjoyed the change from 'sim' in favour of an 'arcade' element. It's so enjoyable - and I loved it - even if I do personally hate timers and checkpoints! The overall enjoyment and fun factor is superb and I'd happily recommend you grab yourself a copy of this game and get driving - right now!

My video recording with a download at AtariMania and a hard drive installable version by 8BitChip .

Cheat Codes

 1) Level 2 race - Twilight
 2) Level 3 race - Pea Soup
 3) Level 4 race - The Skids
 4) Level 5 race - Peaches
 5) Level 6 race - Liverpool
 6) Level 7 race - Bagley
 7) Level 8 race - E Bow
 8) Infinite Time - Turpentine
 9) Always qualify - Deeside