Monday, August 10, 2015

Lotus Turbo Challenge II


If there was one game that I always enjoyed on my old Atari ST, it was Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge. The semi-realistic physics helped make it so utterly addictive without ever crossing over into boring old simulator land. And it had such amazing graphics, almost arcade quality, with fun gameplay which was both exciting and challenging.

Lotus 2 is different to the original in a number of ways. Firstly, you will instantly notice that you have the entire screen to drool over the lovely graphics. Also, you aren't racing a number of laps around a typical circuit because we now have checkpoints to beat as we journey across the American continent. There are also weather conditions to endure which crudely 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 so well which is almost at the Vroom level for the feeling of sheer velocity. Strangely, your car appears to be running on fairy dust because there is never a need to refuel your sexy new Esprit or Elan soft top - GOOD!! These differences certainly help Lotus II leap forward away from the original into a whole new driving experience whilst remaining familiar and faithful to the original in many respects.

Lotus II is incredible and zooms high into my Top 10 of Atari ST racers. Stop reading and pick up your joystick to enjoy what is a brilliant racer, one which has aged very well too. It's your very own Bullrun across America!!

LINKS

 - Watch my video recording. Why? Well, because it's a cracking way to spend your time!
 - A hard drive installable download is available from 8BitChip.
 - Floppy disk is available via Stonish and I recommend Awesome/Elite #20 Menu CD.

CHEATS

 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