Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge is a one or two player racing game that
Gremlin believe is one of the fastest, smoothest and most addictive
arcade style racing games of all time.
The ultimate aim of the game
is to qualify for the Lotus License, which will only be issued to the
elite band of individuals that complete all thirty two tracks and
finish top of the racers table at the end of all that motoring.
Details of how to get your Lotus License once you have achieved this
mammoth task are given later in this manual.
The main options are presented on the Options screen. To make a
choice, simply move the joystick up and down to highlight the option
you wish to alter, and then move your joystick left or right. The
options available are as follows:
The choices here are Easy, Medium, Difficult and practice.
On the easy level, there are seven races to complete, on medium there
are ten and fifteen on the difficult level. The practice option
allows you to practice your driving on a specially designed practice
Number of Players:
One or Two
Name of Player:
Type in your name on this option, after first deleting
the name that's already present on the menu.
Manual Gears/Computerised Gears:
Chose computerised or manual gears.
Normal manual gears are much harder to get to grips with initially,
but the acceleration and top speed of the computerised gears are less
than when using manual gears.
Two methods of joystick controls are
featured in Lotus, and this allows you to chose between the two.
We believe that the alternative method will give more enjoyment once
it is learned, but the `normal' one is the more usual one normally
found in racing games.
Normal Joystick controls:
Change up a gear
Change down a gear
Alternative Joystick controls.
Alternative Joystick controls:
Change up a gear
Change down a gear
Once you have completed your selection, press the fire button to leave
Following this screen, you will be given the opportunity of choosing
the tune that will accompany your racing efforts. There are four in
all, and are chosen by moving the joystick left and right, and
pressing fire when the tune you wish to hear is highlighted.
On each level, the player will need to finish in the top ten drivers
in order to qualify for the next race. On the two player game, if
either driver finishes in the top ten, then both racers are carried
forward to the next race.
The players next starting position will be
determined by his finishing position on the previous race, which will
be inverted. So, for example, if the player finishes first, he will
start the next race in twentieth place, and he finishes second he will
start the next race in nineteenth, and so on. On some of the later
tracks, the driver will come across some nasty hazards both on and off
the roads, and some of the tracks will throw up some pretty nasty
Some tracks are too long to complete without stopping for fuel, and so
pitstops will be required. These are always to be found just after
the start/finish line, and are indicated by the yellow spanner sign.
In order to carry out a fuel stop, pull into the pit lane and brake.
You will then go to another screen where you will see your fuel tank
being filled, the amount being indicated on a meter on the right hand
side of the screen. You can leave this screen as soon as you think
you have enough fuel by hitting the fire button.
Qualifying for the Lotus License
Once you have completed Lotus Esprit turbo Challenge, you will be
presented with a special message. You must write this message in full
on the enclosed card (No photocopies will be accepted), and fill in
all the other details requested on the card. Once this is completed,
return it to Gremlin Graphics, and your license will be forwarded to
Applying for your Lotus Licence
Once you have completed Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge, you can apply
for your Lotus licence. To apply for your Lotus licence, simply fill
in the form over this page and post it to: Lotus Licence, Gremlin
Graphics, Alpha House, 10 Carver Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Copyright Gremlin Graphics Software Limited 1990