Continental Circus (Rerelease)
Copyright/Publisher: The Sales Curve/Virgin Mastertronic/Taito Corporation,
Programmed By: Pete Hickinson & Bill Caunt, Graphics By: Mark Edwards,
Release Year: 1988, Genre: Formula One, Number Of Players: 1
Taito's racing coin-op impressed everyone with its stereoscopic 3-D glasses, a feature
obviosly missing from the home versions. They do have all eight international tracks
though, with you having to pass enough computer cars to reach the required qualifying rank.
In addition, a series of checkpoints must each be reached within a time limit. The
first collision with another car results in smoke emanating from the rear of your two-gear
car. If the pits aren't visited pronto, it catches fire and eventually explodes - valuable
time is spent waiting for a replacement.
The game received a fairly warm reception back in Issue 55 (74% C64, 73% Amiga) with
Stu finding it 'both attractive and fun to play'. Phil was also hooked by the 'pace
and simplicity of the action' but found it a bit on the easy side.
This is true especially of the Amiga version. And despiete a good speed effect on both
versions, realism is lacking with no need to slow down at all for most corners. Neverthelss,
the fast racing action is fun while it lasts and the lack of challenge isn't so off-putting
at the new budget price.