Turbo Cup Challenge

Loriciels

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A car racing game which was released on the Amiga, Amstrad and Spectrum. A C64 version was mentioned as coming soon in The Games Machine around 1989 time.

The Spectrum version seemed to have got a release only on budget and the original version by Loriciels is still at large… http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0005458

Loriciels went on to survive until around 1993, so its possible they deemed the C64 and Spectrum platforms to be weak in comparison to the Amstrad in the homeland of France.  The Amstrad was the only major 8-bit machine to natively support the French SECAM TV standard – other systems needed specialised monitors to display in colour (hence it’s status as the biggest machine there) – thanks to Martin Smith for that contribution!

With a complete Spectrum release, Loriciels may have just sold it off cheap to a budget label to recoup some money. If this was the case, it is likely the C64 version didn’t get far as otherwise Players would have released on the C64 too.  In one magazine, it was suggested in the Amiga review that the Spectrum version was due in January 1989 and the C64 version in February 1989 … suggesting it was behind.

We know little more at the moment, so its early days. Do you know anything?

Contributions: Martin Smith

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5 Responses to Turbo Cup Challenge

  1. Cesar M. says:

    There´s also a PC version, for CGA graphics (4 colours: black, white, blue and pink)

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘1068742913 which is not a hashcash value.

  2. Patrick Furlong says:

    Might be interesting to note that Loriciels games were distributed by US Gold in the UK..

  3. Martin Smith says:

    Thanks for adding the Amstrad/SECAM detail – I was always puzzled by the Amstrad’s extra status in France until someone explained it to me.

  4. Martin Smith says:

    Loriciels actually continued until 1993, so there’s no explanation of the game’s non-release there. The Amstrad was the only major 8-bit machine to natively support the French SECAM TV standard – other systems needed specialised monitors to display in colour – hence it’s status as the biggest machine there.

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