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- Test drive -

There are plenty of games around that let you drive fast cars like Porsche's and Ferrari's. Test drive lets you drive five different ones a Ferrari Testerossa, Porsche 911, Lotus Esprit turbo, Lamborghini Countach and a Chevrolet Corvette. After you choose one of the cars you are put on the top a mountain pass and the aim of the game is very simple as you have to drive as fast as you can to the next gasstation. Once you get there you will be shown the time it took you, average speed and the amount of point you get.

As soon as you start moving you can see that the track is pretty dangerous as on the left side there is a sheer drop and on the right is a steep cliff, move too far to either side and you'll crash. Ofcourse there's traffic as well going in both directions so you'll have to avoid them as well. Apart from the normal traffic you can also come across a police car and if they see you speeding they'll go right after you in which case you can either pull over but you can also try and simply outrun them which is much more fun. You get advanced warning though as all the cars have a radar detector which beeps faster the closer you get to a police car. There is really no advantage in going slow though as there is no penalty to crashing except that you lose a bit of time. In true racedriving fashion there is no automatic transmission and you will have to manually shift gears. If you take it too far in the red your engine will blow up which for some strange reason will break your front window.

The graphics are only average as the scenery barely changes and roads don't change much either. The cars look different but you won't feel much difference when driving them as they control pretty much the same. It's a shame though because the five different cars available are all top notch sportscars and the game could have been better. Still it's fairly fun trying to drive as fast as you can without worrying about crashing your car. The series has survived to this day but this is where it all began so if you like arcade style driving games you should check this game out.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
This is the best version but not by a large amount.
Atari ST Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with Steem v3.2.
There is practically no different between this and the amiga version.
C64 Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
Despite being on a less powerfull platform the game is remarkably similar to the other versions.
DOS Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
The graphics are slightly less colorfull because it uses the EGA color palette.

Date added Feb-20-2005 14:19
Name Test drive
Developer Distinctive software
Publisher Accolade
First released 1987
Genre Racing
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Download Atari ST, filesize: 290 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 190 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 538 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 258 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 758 Kb
This is the scanned manual for the Commodore 64.
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