Grand Prix Circuit is a motor racing game for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIGS, Commodore 64, DOS and ZX Spectrum. It was first released in 1987 by Accolade. For DOS, it was released in 1988.
Players can choose from three different cars in the game. They are:
The McLaren-Honda turbo is the most powerful car in the game but is also the most difficult car to control. This is the 1988 combination that won 15 out of 16 Grands Prix. The Williams-Renault is the next most powerful and the car is relatively neutral to control. Interestingly the Williams-Renault is the 1989 combination but the Renault engine was in reality a V10, not the V8 that is in the game. The Ferrari is actually the 1988 turbo car's chassis with a V12 engine. As the slowest of the three the Ferrari is also the easiest to control.
There are five difficulty levels and three playing modes: practice, single event and championship circuit and the game is accompanied by music written for the Commodore 64 by Kris Hatlelid.
As stated in an interview with BBC's Top Gear in 2010, Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the Gran Turismo (series) racing franchise for the PlayStation, was initially introduced to the genre of racing simulators by Grand Prix Circuit.
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All DOS games were controlled directly from the PC keyboard. Some newer DOS games also used a mouse or other more advanced game peripherals for control. However, each game was controlled by different keys. You can find a detailed description of how to control this version of Grand Prix Circuit in the attached game manual. An overview of basic keyboard commands and keyboard shortcuts to control this game is summarized in the following table:
Turn left or right
Shift to a higher gear (works only in levels 3, 4 and 5).
Shift to a lower gear (works only in levels 3, 4 and 5).
Turn ON/OFF the information panel (position, lap, time).
Turn ON/OFF the map.
Turn ON/OFF the display of speed shift pattern.
Ctrl + S
Quit game (return to the main menu)
This version of Grand Prix Circuit was designed for personal computers with operating system MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System),
which was operating system developed by Microsoft in 1981. It was the most widely-used operating system in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was supplied
with most of the IBM computers that purchased a license from Microsoft. After 1995, it was pushed out by a graphically more advanced system - Windows and
its development was ceased in 2000. At the
time of its greatest fame, several thousand games designed specifically for computers with this system were created. Today, its development is no longer continue
and for emulation the free DOSBox emulator is most often used. More information about MS-DOS operating system can be found
Available online emulators:
5 different online emulators are available for Grand Prix Circuit. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Grand Prix Circuit are summarized in the following table:
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