Grand Prix Challenge (Challenge) Review | Sinclair User - Everygamegoing

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Grand Prix Challenge
By Challenge
Spectrum 48K

Published in Sinclair User #120

Grand Prix Challenge

We've all heard of Nigel Mansell and Ricardo Patresi but who's ever heard of J. Smith?

Well, rest assured you soon will 'cos he's coming out of the chicane and vrooming his way right to the top of the Grand Prix Challenge world championship leaderboard like a man with a turbo boosted botty on a collision course with destiny.

Trying to organise a Formula One race team isn't the easiest task in the world. It's an expensive business, especially if you re not winning any races, but then again if you can win you shouldn't play. Grand Prix Challenge involves joining a formula one racing team, getting sponsorship, kitting out your car, managing the engineers, betting on the outcome and finally getting down to the business of racing. As a simulation you don actually control the car but during the race you still have to make management decisions on how aggressively you drive and when to have a tyre changing or engine modifying pit slop. All these factors are interconnected (aggressive driving wears down tyres faster etc.) and the game is absorbing from start to finish.

Graphics are good, indeed better than some so called 'realistic' racing games but the most impressive thing about Grand Prix Challenge is the menu driven control procedure, each option is logically activated by pressing the first letter of it's title, it's smoother than Garfy scoping babes and is super to use. Overall this game grabbed the interest of the entire SU Crew, recently exiled to planet Gastro 5, and is zhoo zruwk d orrn dw.

Label: Challenge Memory: 48K/128K Price: £3.99 Tape Reviewer: Big Al Dykes

Overall Summary

Sims may come and sims may go but this is definitely a worthwhile addition to any sim collection. Motor racing fans will be delighted with it make no mistake.

Alan Dykes

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