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Cycles, The: International Grand Prix Racing - DOS


Control:

Game is con­trol­led by the same keys that are used to playing un­der MS DOS. For full­screen press 'Right Alt' + 'En­ter'.


Help:

If the game e­mu­la­ti­on spe­ed is low, you can try to in­cre­a­se it by re­lo­a­ding this pa­ge with­out a­ds or cho­o­se a­no­ther e­mu­la­tor from this table.


Other platforms:

Unfortunately, this game is cur­rent­ly available only in this ver­si­on. Be patient :-)



Game info:
Cycles, The: International Grand Prix Racing - box cover
box cover
Game title: Cycles, The: International Grand Prix Racing
Platform: MS-DOS
Author (released): Accolade (1989)
Genre: Racing, Sport Mode: Single-player
Design: Don A. Mattrick, Brad Gour, John Boechler, Tony Lee, Eric Pauker, Brad Gour
Music: Krisjan Hatlelid
Game manual: not available
Download: cycles.zip

Game size:

362 kB
Recommended emulator: DOSBox

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

   The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing is a 1989 computer game developed by Distinctive Software and published by Accolade. It has similarities to Grand Prix Circuit, except it is a motorcycle racing sim. The game includes all the tracks of 1989 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Laguna Seca and Goiania circuits are not available when you choose 125cc bike. It was released for the Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS,
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing (MS-DOS)
   The Cycles (MS-DOS)
Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum.
   As the name suggests, The Cycles simulates International Grand Prix Racing, allowing a player to compete against 9 computer rivals. Choose from three classes of bike (125, 250 and 500cc), and between 8 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, France,England and Sweden) and 15 (Japan, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, Western Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Brazil) original tracks depending on the version, at five difficulty levels (with the lower ones offering automatic gear changes).
   The player can enter single races (always including qualifying) or complete in a full season. The action is viewed from the handlebars of your bike, a novelty for motorcycle racing at the time. The game engine is similar to that used by Grand Prix Circuit, but now incorporates hills.
   More like a simulation than an arcade game, unlike Sega's Hang-On and Super Hang-On, the player has no time limit to clear races. If the player crashes, they're out of the race. To win each race, the player must get through the finish lines. The player can change the number of laps for a race. The game has several modes which it can be played in:

  • Championship: Choose a bike, not a track. If the player is qualified for race, he can proceed to it.
  • Practice: Same as Championship. The player chooses their bike and track.
  • Single Race: Player chooses a bike and track.

More details about this game can be found on Wikipedia.org.

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Game controls:

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 Cycles, The: International Grand Prix Racing in the attached game manual. An overview of basic keyboard commands and keyboard shortcuts to control this game is summarized in the following table:
 
Keys

Action

Acceleration

Brakes

Turn left or right

A or Space

Shift to a higher gear (works only in levels 3, 4 and 5).

Z or Enter

Shift to a lower gear (works only in levels 3, 4 and 5).

P

Pause

Ctrl + S

Sound ON/OFF

Ctrl + Q

Music ON/OFF

Esc

Quit game (return to the main menu)

 
Platform:

This ver­sion of Cycles, The: International Grand Prix Racing 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 here.

 
Available online emulators:

5 different online emulators are available for Cycles, The: International Grand Prix Racing. 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 Cycles, The: International Grand Prix Racing are summarized in the following table:
 

Emulator Technology Multiplayer Fullscreen Touchscreen Speed
Archive.org JavaScript YES NO NO fast
js-dos JavaScript YES YES NO fast
js-dos 6.22 JavaScript YES YES NO fast
jsDosBox JavaScript YES NO NO slow
jDosBox Java applet YES YES NO fast


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