Test Drive (series)

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Test Drive
Genre(s)Racing
Developer(s)Distinctive Software (1987-89)
Accolade (1990, 99)
Elite Systems (1997)
Pitbull Syndicate (1997-98, 2002)
Xantera (1999-2000)
Eutechnyx (2000)
Velez & Dubail (2000)
Infogrames/Atari Melbourne House (2000-02, 07)
Eden Games (2000, 06-11)
Digital Illusions CE (2000)
Angel Studios (2001)
Monster Games (2004)
Slightly Mad Studios (2012)
KT-Racing (2016-)
Publisher(s)Accolade/Infogrames North America (1987-98)
Cryo Interactive (1999)
Infogrames (2000-2002)
Atari (2004-11)
Rombax Games (2012)
Bigben Interactive (2016-)
Platform(s)Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Apple II, Apple IIGS, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Sega Genesis, SNES, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3
First releaseTest Drive
1987
Latest releaseTest Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends
3 July 2012

Test Drive is a series of racing video games that were originally published by Accolade until they were bought by Infogrames (later Atari), 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.

Gameplay[edit]

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]

Year Title Platforms Notes
1987 Test Drive Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Apple II
1989 The Duel: Test Drive II Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIGS, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Sega Genesis, SNES
1990 Test Drive III: The Passion MS-DOS
1997 Test Drive: Off-Road Microsoft Windows, PlayStation The first installment in the Off-Road subseries.
1997 Test Drive 4 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
1998 Test Drive 5 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
1998 Test Drive 4X4 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows The second installment in the Off-Road subseries. Titled Test Drive Off-Road 2 in North America.
1999 Test Drive 6 PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast Published by Cryo Interactive in PAL regions.
1999 Test Drive: Off-Road 3 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Game Boy Color The third installment in the Off-Road subseries. Titled 4X4 World Trophy in PAL regions.
1999 Le Mans 24 Hours PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 Titled Test Drive Le Mans in North America (except the PS2 and second PC version)
2000 Test Drive V-Rally Dreamcast Titled V-Rally 2: Expert Edition in PAL regions.
2000 Michelin Rally Masters: Race of Champions Microsoft Windows, PlayStation A Nintendo 64 port was in development under the title Test Drive Rally but was canceled.[1]
2000 Test Drive Cycles Game Boy Color
2000 Test Drive 2001 Game Boy Color
2001 Test Drive: Off-Road Wide Open PlayStation 2, Xbox The fourth and final installment in the Off-Road subseries. Titled Off-Road Wide Open in PAL regions.
2002 TD Overdrive: The Brotherhood of Speed PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows Titled Test Drive in North America.
2004 Test Drive: Eve of Destruction Xbox, PlayStation 2 Titled Driven to Destruction in PAL regions.
2006 Test Drive Unlimited Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable
2011 Test Drive Unlimited 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Future[edit]

It was reported in December 2016 that French publisher Bigben Interactive acquired the Test Drive intellectual property from Atari, with plans to re-boot the franchise.[2] In 2018, Bigben announced the acquisition of French game developer Kylotonn, with Roman Vincent, president of Kylotonn suggesting they were working on the next installment of Test Drive.[3]

References[edit]

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

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