Test Drive II - The Duel
Copyright/Publisher: Accolade, Designer: Distinctive Software, inc., Programmed by:
Kris Hatlelid & Kevin Pickell, Producer: Selley Day, Tests: Pam Levins, Art By:
John Boechler & Theresa Henry, Music: Kris Hatlelid, Manual: Jeff Hoff,
Release Year: 1989, Genre: Racing Sports, Number Of Players: 1

Like Turbo Out Run, this is a driving duel between a Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 (or five other famous sports cars with the optional Supercars data disk).

Racing against the clock or a computer-controlled opponent takes place on real roads, complete with traffic - watch out for oncoming juggernauts when overtaking!

Crashing into solid objects or over cliffs removes a life and incurs a time penalty. As does getting caught for speeding - it's just as well you're equipped with a police-radar detector!

It all plays very well, especially in 'duelling' mode. You'll often see your opponent zoom past, then catch up with his wrecked car a few hundred yards down the road. Outrunning a police car is even more fun!

Graphics are effective with some well-drawn cars, but a bland colour scheme. A bigger problem is the way oncoming vehicles appear very suddenly, giving little chance of evasion.

Otherwise it's playable stuff, and a thrill driving those supercars.