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1990
Arcade: Race 'n' Chase
£10.99
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

Gremlin, £10.99cs/£4.99dk
Amiga version reviewed Issue 38; Ace Rating: 875

Officially licensed by Lotus, this racing simulation doesn't offer a great deal not seen in dozens of other cockpit-view racing games, except for the two-player split-screen view - and even this brings back memories of the classic Pitstop II.

While the Amiga version features 32 tracks, the 8-bit versions have only 9; you still have a field of 20 others to beat, with Easy, Medium, Difficult and Practice modes, featuring different numbers of races which have to be completed, and a choice of three in-game tunes. The Spectrum versions of these are pretty good, and the sound effects acceptable. You also have the choice of manual or automatic gears and two forms of joystick controls.

In one-player mode the lower half of the screen is taken up with a nice illustration of your car. While you're racing, although the nicely-designed graphics are understandably mainly monochrome, the animation is fast; the road twists and dips convincingly, and even when you are in two-player mode and there are several other cars on the screen, you get a decent impression of speed.

A fair game, but not an original enough basic idea to compete successfully with the dozens of other road racing games for the Spectrum.

Officially licensed by Lotus, this racing simulation doesn't offer a great deal not seen in dozens of other cockpit-view racing games, except for the two-player split-screen view - and even this brings back memories of the classic Pitstop II.

789/1000

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Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge on the Spectrum. The trade off between colour and speed makes this version more enjoyable than the CPC incarnation.