Grand Prix Circuit (video game)

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Grand Prix Circuit
Grand Prix Circuit
Qualification screenshot
Developer(s) Random Access, Distinctive Software
Publisher(s) Accolade
Platform(s) Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Apple IIGS
Commodore 64
DOS
Macintosh
ZX Spectrum
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sports, Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Cassette, Floppy Disk

Grand Prix Circuit is a motor racing game for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIGS, Commodore 64, DOS and ZX Spectrum. It was first released in 1987[citation needed] by Accolade. For DOS, it was released in 1988.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Players can choose from three different cars in the game. They are:

The McLaren-Honda turbo is the most powerful car in the game but is also the most difficult car to control. This is the 1988 combination that won 15 out of 16 Grands Prix. The Williams-Renault is the next most powerful and the car is relatively neutral to control. Interestingly the Williams-Renault is the 1989 combination but the Renault engine was in reality a V10, not the V8 that is in the game. The Ferrari is actually the 1988 turbo car's chassis with a V12 engine. This version did appear in real life in 1988, but only as the test mule for Ferrari's 1989 engine and was never raced. As the slowest of the three the Ferrari is also the easiest to control.

There are eight tracks used in Grand Prix Circuit. They are:

There are five difficulty levels and three playing modes: practice, single event and championship circuit and the game is accompanied by music written for the Commodore 64 by Kris Hatlelid.

As stated in an interview with BBC's Top Gear in 2010, Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo (series) racing franchise for the PlayStation, was initially introduced to the genre of racing simulators by Grand Prix Circuit.[2]

Reception[edit]

A Computer Gaming World review had mixed feelings about the game, noting the controls, which governed steering, acceleration, and shifting all at the same time, took so long to get used to that the reviewer ended up asking a friend to do shifting for him. The review did note the game was quite good after getting used to the controls.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grand Prix Circuit (PC). GameSpot. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  2. ^ Top Gear talks to Kazunori Yamauchi - BBC Top Gear.
  3. ^ Ardai, Charles; Werger, Barry (March 1989), "Once Around The Block", Computer Gaming World: 45–46 

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