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Test Drive 2: The Duel

Test Drive 2: The Duel
GenreRacing Sim
Developer / PublisherDistinctive Software/ Accolade
Released1989
Media1 x tape
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:7.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
The Duel: Test Drive II is a car racing / simulator game initially released for the 16bit Amiga and Atari ST and later ported to the 8bit Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX and MSX systems.
 
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Test Drive 2: The DuelSTORY / GAMEPLAY
In The Duel: Test Drive II your goal is to finish first in a 1-on-1 super cars race and evade the police that initiates an APB every time you exceed speed limits. The game made its debut on the 16bit Amiga and Atari ST home computers. The Duel is the sequel to the first Test Drive and has more features based on its overall design. The game is played through the car's dashboard view. The main sports cars featured is the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959. The background is no longer the old brownish rocky cliff and the scenery presents a variety of different environments like forests and mountains. There are also lots of hazards throughout the races that you need to avoid otherwise you'll be making some serious damage to your car. Apart from racing against the computer, you also have the option to race against time. This time-trial helps you do a little practice with the car's controls before you race against the AI opponent. When racing, you not only have to beat the other super car but you must also race as fast as you to escape the police and reach to the next gas station; your car is equipped with a radar that can alert you every time a police car is near. The game is quite addictive and well presented and if you master its controls you will be playing it for hours!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The Spectrum ZX version has good graphics, quite similar to the CPC and almost identical to the MSX. I liked the car interior details but still cannot compare to the better C64 version that sports more details! The scrolling is quite slow on the ZX but still the game remains playable. This version's sound includes a few nice engine and braking sound effects.
 
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Comparable platforms
Commodore C64
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
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ZX Spectrum

ZX SpectrumCPU: Z80 @ 3.5 MHz
MEMORY: 16 KB / 48 KB / 128 KB
GRAPHICS: Video output is through an RF modulator and was designed for use with contemporary portable television sets, for a simple colour graphic display. Features a palette of 15 shades: seven colours at two levels of brightness each, plus black. The image resolution is 256x192 with the same colour limitations.
SOUND: Early models (48k) had sound output through a beeper on the machine itself. This is capable of producing one channel with 10 octaves. Late models (128k) fetured a three-channel audio via the AY-3-8912 chip, MIDI compatibility
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The ZX Spectrum (default) color palette
3bit RGBi 15-colors palette (15 on screen)
 
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