Test Drive

• Publisher: Accolade
• Developer:
Release Date: 1987
Code: D. Mattrick, M. Benna, K. Pickell, B. Dawson, A. Wong, B. Gour, R. Friesen

GFX: John Boechler, Tony Lee
Music: Patrick Payne

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 46%
Our Game Rating: 50%


FILE: testdriveend.zip


> TEST DRIVE by Accolade

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Test drive is a driving simulator by Accolade. It's one of the first games I played on the Amiga. I remember being blown away by the graphics at the time. The C64 version is pretty good in comparison. You get the chance to test drive some dream cars - which include a Ferrari, a Porsche and a Lamborghini. The game itself isn't very exciting. The courses are very similar and there's not much traffic to avoid. You only need to beat a few courses to complete the game.

Level 5 is complete.

"Can I REALLY keep the car?!"

"Red car, Sir?"

"Blue car, Sir?" The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using a cheat that allowed me to skip levels. (Vinny: I've actually attached the .D64 version of this game. Just use the 'ç' key to skip the five levels and see the ending.)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final course is beaten, your score is displayed on the screen. A view from inside the car is then shown with a message reading 'Look in the glove box'. After a short pause, another message appears which reads 'Nice job. Keep the car. Go home'. You get to keep the car ! Woo hoo ! You then get to enter your name into the high score table, as a picture of rear of the car is shown above. The game then restarts.


  • Neil: It's not bad. I think it's how the Amiga version ends.

  • Vinny: This game really isn't my kind of game, but as Neil said, it's not bad. It could have done with a few more elements and a bit of an epilogue. It's an ending I suppose.

  • Andrew Fisher: Very basic ending. Accolade/DSi used the same game engine for the two Test Drive games, Grand Prix Circuit and The Cycles...

  • Brendan Phoenix: Never played this on the C64 or Amiga. But I have great memories of Test Drive 2 loading up on the Amiga with those great female vocals introducing the game - awesome! To be honest this is a pretty nifty ending, much better than a lot of racing games with a finish at the flag.

  • Andy Vaisey: I have absolutely no idea why, but I really liked this when I was younger, although the tape multi-load was a bit of a kick in the plums. I requested the ending because I could not remember it even though I know I completed it all those years ago. Now I remember it! Not bad; at least it doesn't just print congratulations...

  • Gaz Spence: The ending's average; like the game in general. Hopefully, the sequel will be better!

FINAL SAY: It's an original ending to a race game, although not much happens.

G.E. RATING: 4 / 10

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