Monday, August 10, 2015

Lotus Turbo Challenge II


If there was one racer I adored on my old Atari ST, it was Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge. The semi-realistic physics helped to make it utterly addictive without ever crossing over into boring old simulator land. It has such amazing graphics, almost an arcade-like quality, with fun gameplay that was both exciting and challenging.

Lotus 2 offers more of the same excitement but is also quite different from the original in a number of ways. Firstly, we finally have the entire screen to drool over the graphics and aren't racing a set number of laps around a typical circuit. Now have checkpoints to beat as we road trip across the gorgeous American continent in our flash car!

  
Vroom!! The roads are absolutely superb and certainly offers a thrilling challenge!

It's not only racing which is a key element but the feeling of road tripping is high, it's almost like an adventure across the States. Locations, roads, traffic change depending on the conditions and we even have the weather to endure. This adds an element of pseudo-realism - even if the other drivers fail to use their headlights at night!!

I also think they captured the feeling of speed incredibly - almost Vroom standards - with extreme velocities. Strangely, our car appears to be running on fairy dust because there is never a need to refuel this sexy Esprit or Elan soft top. Which is good, who needs that kinda realism? These differences certainly help Lotus II leap away from the original and into a whole new driving experience whilst remaining familiar to the original in many respects.

  
Other racers balance the gameplay - without ruining your experience - but they don't use their lights!

Lotus II is incredible and (for me) perfectly combines the elements of a Bullrun, road trip and speedster just right. I cannot recommend Lotus II enough, it's so great to play and zooms high onto my Top 10 of Atari ST racers.

Play Lotus Turbo Challenge II right now - from either floppy or hard disk!!

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