Abandonware DOS title

Test Drive

Test Drive is an abandoned racing game developed by Distinctive Software and released by Accolade in 1987 for DOS and Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64. This is the game that started the whole Test Drive franchise. Gameplay is fairly simple and consists of driving sports cars on a mountain road while avoiding police cars.
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Additional info about Test Drive

Zero Magazine issue 5 (1990) - "You choose one (of four) high powered sports cars: an Allegro, a Beetle, a Lada or a Reliant Robin. (A Porsche, a Ferrari, a Chewy or a Lamborghini actually. Ed.). Like Lombard RAC Rally, you see the gears being changed, but the in-car graphics are nicer. Unlike Lombard RAC Rally, there's only one road scenario - a side of a cliff hairpin jobbie, but the feeling of speed and control you get is much better.
There are police cars peppered about, which will pull in front of you and give you a speeding ticket - if you let them catch you up, that is - and there are several stages to get through (the roads getting more and more torturous as you progress). The rewards for doing well appear as little scrolling messages when you reach a checkpoint: "You were driving like a whirlwind back there, my friend" might sound a trifle corny as a line of dialogue in a movie, but after outrunning two police cars and not crashing once, it somehow loses its naffness. The collision detection is a bit iffy, but with a game that's this much fun I don't care."

Keyboard controls: A - Z: gear shift; arrow keys: steer left right, accelerate, decelerate.
Status: abandonware
Input: joystick, keyboard
Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk
Also published for: Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64
Abandonware DOS views: 26493
Series: Test Drive is part of the Test drive series.


  • vikdriver 26/09/2019 22:29
    Very nice game, played it in the early 90s. Controls are the only downside, while until today I thought it is not possible to steer and accelerate or brake at the same time. Today I played this game here via "play in browser" option. Thank you for that. I recommend playing using numeric keys, because you can use 7 for accelerate+steer left, 9 for accelerate+steer right. Still not very comfortable, but thanks to this I run immediately in the top of high scores! Which is the game probably not keeping, but if you want challenge: 911: 46 432 and Testarossa: 58 092 :)
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