Test Drive (series)

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Test Drive
Genres Racing
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Platforms
First release Test Drive
1987
Latest release Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends
July 3, 2012

Test Drive is a series of racing video games. Originally published by Accolade, which was later bought by Infogrames, the first game was released in 1987 and has since been followed by several sequels and spin-offs, the last of which was released in 2012.

It was reported in December 2016 that French publisher Bigben Interactive acquired the Test Drive intellectual property from Atari, Inc., with plans to re-boot the franchise.[1] In 2018, Bigben announced the acquisition of French game developer Kylotonn Games, with Roman Vincent, president of Kylotonn suggesting they were working on the next installment of Test Drive.[2]

In Test Drive, the player typically uses one of several exotic performance cars to race to a finish line against opponents or in a time limit, while avoiding traffic and police.

Games[edit]

Main games[edit]

Release Title PC Console Developer Publisher Alternate name
1987 Test Drive Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS N/A Distinctive Software Accolade N/A
1989 The Duel: Test Drive II Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIgs, Apple Macintosh,
Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum
SNES, Genesis Distinctive Software Accolade N/A
1990 Test Drive III: The Passion DOS N/A Accolade Accolade N/A
1997 Test Drive 4 Windows PS Pitbull Syndicate Accolade N/A
1998 Test Drive 5 Windows PS Pitbull Syndicate Accolade N/A
1999 Test Drive 6 Windows PS, Dreamcast (North America Only) Pitbull Syndicate Infogrames North America, Cryo Interactive (Europe) N/A
2002 TD Overdrive: The Brotherhood of Speed Windows PS2, Xbox Pitbull Syndicate Infogrames Test Drive (North America)
2004 Test Drive: Eve of Destruction N/A PS2, Xbox Monster Games Atari, Inc. Driven to Destruction (Europe)
2006 Test Drive Unlimited Windows PS2, X360, PSP Eden Games (Xbox 360 and PC)
Atari Melbourne House (PS2 and PSP)
Atari, Inc. N/A
2011 Test Drive Unlimited 2 Windows PS3, X360 Eden Games Atari, Inc. N/A
2012 Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends Windows PS3, X360 Slightly Mad Studios Rombax Games N/A

Off-Road series[edit]

Release Title PC Console Developer Publisher Alternate names
1997 Test Drive Off-Road Windows PS Elite Systems Accolade
Eidos Interactive (Europe)
Coconuts Japan (Japan)
Gekitotsu! Yonku Battle (Japan)
1998 Test Drive Off-Road 2 Windows PS Pitbull Syndicate Accolade Test Drive 4X4 (Europe)
1999/2000 Test Drive Off-Road 3 Windows PS, Dreamcast (Cancelled) Infogrames North America Infogrames North America
Infogrames Multimedia (Europe)
4X4 World Trophy (Europe)
2001/2002 Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open N/A PS2, Xbox Angel Studios Infogrames Off-Road Wide Open (Europe)

Other games[edit]

Release Title PC Console Developer Publisher Alternate names
2000 Test Drive V-Rally N/A Dreamcast Eden Studios Infogrames V-Rally 2: Expert Edition (Europe)
2000 Test Drive Cycles (cancelled) Windows PS, Dreamcast Infogrames North America Infogrames North America N/A
2000 Test Drive Rally (cancelled)[3] N/A PS, N64 Digital Illusions CE Infogrames N/A
2000 Test Drive Le Mans Windows Dreamcast Infogrames Melbourne House Infogrames Le Mans 24 Hours (Europe)

Game Boy Color games[edit]

Release Title Developer Publisher Alternate names
1999/2000 Test Drive 6 Xantera Infogrames N/A
1999/2000 Test Drive Le Mans Velez & Dubail Infogrames Le Mans 24 Hours (Europe)
1999/2000 Test Drive Off-Road 3 Xantera Infogrames 4X4 World Trophy (Europe)
2000 Test Drive Cycles Xantera Infogrames N/A
2000 Test Drive 2001 Xantera Infogrames N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parfitt, Ben (December 15, 2016). "Bigben has acquired the Test Drive brand". MCVUK.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Leonard, Michael (October 18, 2018). "Kylotonn Games Working on the Next Test Drive Unlimited?".
  3. ^ Staff, I. G. N. (4 February 2000). "A Late Rally Has Been Held Off".