Test Drive III: The Passion

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Test Drive III: The Passion
Test Drive III - The Passion cover.jpg
Developer(s) Accolade
Publisher(s) Accolade
Series Test Drive Edit this on Wikidata
Platform(s) DOS
Release 1990
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player

Test Drive III: The Passion is a racing game developed and published by Accolade released in 1990. It was the third entry in the Test Drive series of video games.[1]


The game was radically different from the previous episodes by abandoning sprite graphics and using 3D graphics instead. Unlike previous games, it was available just for DOS.

Test Drive had the concept of a free landscape. The player did not have to drive on a preset course, but could go wherever they want, i.e. drive off the road and onto the grass, hills, farms etc. The player would also have to watch out for the speed limit when a police car was in sight, otherwise he could get caught. A level also featured railroad crossings with a real train running in a loop.[2]

Car radio, windscreen wipers and headlights were featured in this game. The game shipped with three cars to drive; the Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari Mythos Pininfarina Concept, and the Chevrolet Corvette CERV III Concept.

An add on package, "Road and Car", was available as an extra purchase featuring a Cape Cod to Niagara road course, and the Acura NSX and Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo.[3]


Computer Gaming World stated that Test Drive III, while not spectacular, was "a well-designed package".[4] The magazine praised the Road & Car I expansion's New England scenery and automobile reproductions, and stated that it provided "more of the same" benefits of the original game.[3]


  1. ^ IGN.com TD III
  2. ^ "The DOS Gaming Scholar: Test Drive III: The Passion". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  3. ^ a b Kawamoto, Wayne N. (June 1991). "Another Day at the Races". Computer Gaming World. p. 88. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Wilson, David M. (April 1991). "A Passionate Tryst with Speed". Computer Gaming World. p. 51. Retrieved 17 November 2013.