Lotus Turbo Challenge
Put on your Sunday best because you'll want to look sharp behind the wheel of a Lotus sports car, one of the most stylish and well-crafted vehicles in the automobile industry. Lotus Turbo Challenge by Electronic Arts is a no frills racing game that pits you against a fast-moving time clock that doesn't allow for mistakes. The high level of challenge may frustrate would-be video asphalt animals, but ace racers will rise to the occasion and be rewarded for their skill.
Choose Your Model
You drive either a Lotus Turbo Esprit or a Lotus Elan. The Elan has better handling, while the Turbo Esprit has a higher top speed. The game automatically chooses the most appropriate car for the race based on terrain type and weather conditions. The game also offers a satisfactory list of options, including a split screen, two-player mode; Manual or Automatic Transmission, and customizable controls. Even with all that under your seatbelt, the only things that matter are your car, the road, and the clock.
ProTip: If you're just starting out, use the Automatic Transmission. For more control over acceleration and deceleration, learn how to use the five-on-the-floor Manual Transmission.
Green Light, Hold Tight!
Lotus Turbo Challenge features a behind-the-vehicle point-of-view that puts you as close to the road as possible without the street bums. Each of the eight tracks consist of serpentine road segments, separated by four to nine checkpoints. The "Challenge" in Lotus Turbo Challenge is to reach each checkpoint in the alloted time. If you make any mistakes, it's nearly impossible to reach a checkpoint in time. You must avoid hitting stationary objects, colliding with other cars, or driving on the shoulder of the road.
- To jump over puddles and opponents, drive over logs on the first track.
- Breeze through sharp turns by starting the turn the instant you see the signs with the arrows on them.
With no sound effects or music to speak of, this game speeds up with great, smooth graphics. There is enough detail to satisfy even the video racer precisian. Lotus Turbo Challenge is the first racing game for the Genesis that scrolls as smoothly as Top Gear for the SNES. Realistic special effects for weather conditions (fog, snow, and thunderstorms) will keep you in the driver's seat for many hours. With each new track you drive comes new terrain-specific scenery that will make you put the brakes on, such as tumbleweeds on the Desert track, cross traffic trucks on the Interstate track, and log jumps on the Marsh track.
Because of the Lotus license, the game doesn't contain any spectacular crashing scenes. For veteran video racers, the lack of mangled steel and glass may seem like a gaping hole. Once you get into this game, however, you'll realize that it's a "civilized" drive that doesn't rely on cheap thrills.
Some turns are too sharp to take at full speed, so you'll need to downshift.
Lotus Turbo Challenge really shines in two-player mode. The head-to-head, split-screen action is so intense that you'll need to take a breather to cool your engines.
Lotus Turbo Challenge, like some of the finest sports cars, comes stock with just the necessities and doesn't waste your time with superfluous features. Eight unique tracks, one tough time clock, and a two-player mode that really kicks some bumper make this game worth a test drive. Once you try it, you'll never settle for anything less.