Copyright/Publisher: Accolade, Music By: Patrick Payne, |
Release Year: 1987,
Genre: Racing Sports, Number Of Players: 1
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go into a dealership that
specializes in sports cars and test drive the car of your dreams? Of course!
Don't be a loser! Just give it a try! No guts? Afraid they'll kick you right
out of their showroom? Well, here's your chance!! Test drive by accolade puts
you behind the wheel of your favorite sports car. The game starts out with a
glamorous title sequence (awesome!!!), while a stereo soundtrack plays in the
background (depending on what computer you are playing). To abort the sequence
press the fire button on the joystick, and the game will finish loading. Now
comes the hard decision-which car to drive?
Choosing A Sports Car
The screen is now split in half, showing one of the five sports cars that you
may test drive and the specifications of the current car. To cycle through the
different cars, press the joystick up or down. This will cause the top portion
of the screen to scroll, displaying a different sport car, and the bottom
portion to display specifications. The cars from which you may choose are:
lamborghini countach, ferrari testarossa, porsche 911 turbo, lotus turbo
esprit, and the chevrolet corvette. Each car performs just like in real life,
including speed and handling.
You had better bring along your swiss bank account money, because you're going
to need it. For instance, the lamborghini has a top speed of 173 mph,
mid-engine/rear drive handling and a price tag of (gasp!!) $135,000. While the
corvette has a top speed of 154 mph, front/rear handling and a price of only
$35,000. To select your car, press the fire button.
Seeing What's Ahead
Now that you have selected a sports car, let's take a look at what lies ahead.
The object of the game is to drive as fast as you can along a mountain road,
while avoiding obstacles such as sunday drivers, on-coming traffic, pot holes,
water slicks and, most of all, the fuzz. Whoops, I almost forgot the little
bird that flies over and shits all over your windshield (it's just not the car
that has real-life performance).
In addition to this, you must keep your car on the road without crashing, which
Is no simple task when you're going 160 mph. The game ends after you have
crashed your car five times or you rear-end an officer of the law. (those
Game Play, How to Play, etc
Now, it is finally time to see what this fancy european or american car has
under the hood. It will not be as simple as plying a lead foot, because this is
no ordinary highway. The perspective you have is that of a person sitting
behind the wheel looking out through the windshield of the car. In the
top-middle of the windshield, you have a rear view mirror which is very
detailed, showing the cars you have passed and the distance they are behind
The mountain route you must drive has a nice perspective to it and makes you
feel like you are actually driving on the road. To accelerate push the joystick
up, to decelerate push down, and to shift gears, press the fire button while
pushing the joystick up or down. It takes a lot of practice to shit gears,
because it's not just a matter of shifting, but rather knowing when to shift.
When you do shift gears, there is a window that opens in the lower right corner
of the dashboard displaying the gearshift and the gear you are currently in.
There are also two indicators on the dashboard, one for the current mph and
another for rpm. The mph indicator simply displays your current speed, while
the rpm indicator tells you how much faster you can go without blowing your
engine in the current gear.
The most important device on your car is the radar detector (never leave home
without it). This device is located in the upper left part of the windshield,
attached to your sun visor. When the red lights start flashing on the radar
detector, it means that a radar gun has been detected, so slow down. It is safe
to speed up when the red lights turn to green.
The Pit Stop
Once you have completed the stretch of road, your car automatically pulls over
into one of four gas stations (time to take a leak). Here you are given your
average speed, the time it took for you to complete the stretch of road and
your total points so far. If your score is low, the dealership will have called
ahead and told the gas station to send you back.
Winning The Game
If you are successful and do complete the mountain road four times, your car
will automatically pull over into the dealership for the surprise of your life.
Inside the glove compartment is the title to a brand new yugo!!!! (ha ha ha)
just kidding, anyway, inside you will find the title to your car, which the
dealership has signed over to you. The game will now prompt you for your name
(if your score is high enough) in order to put you in the top drivers hall of
Some Hints and Tips
When you first get the game, start out with something that does not have as
much zip as the 173 mph lamborghini. The porsche is one of the best all-around
cars for beginners (if you have the dough). It combines good speed and handling
along the mountain road to help you get the "feel" of the game.
When your rpm indicator gets in the red area, it is time for you to shift into
the next highest gear, or bye bye engine!!!
Shift into first gear before you accelerate when starting out from the gas
station or beginning a new game. If you don't, you're history even before you
If you been pulled over too many times by the police, try this: get up a speed
of over 110 mph, and nothing will stop you. You're just a blur on their radar
and no match for their cruisers.