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 (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.
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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 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:
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).
Ctrl + S
Ctrl + Q
Quit game (return to the main menu)
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
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