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Test Drive III: The Passion - DOS

Control:

To start this ga­me press the but­ton. Ga­me is con­trol­led by the same keys that are used to playing un­der MS DOS.


Help:

This ga­me is e­mu­la­ted by ja­va­script e­mu­la­tor em-dos­box. If you pre­fer to use a ja­va ap­plet e­mu­la­tor, fol­low this link.


Other platforms:

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



Game info:
Test Drive III: The Passion - box cover
box cover
Game title: Test Drive III: The Passion
Platform: MS-DOS
Author (released): Accolade (1990)
Genre: Racing, Simulator Mode: Single-player
Design: Tom Loughry, Justin R. Chin, Roseann Mitchell, Jeff Rianda,
Music: Russell Shiffer
Game manual: not available
Download: td3.zip

Game size:

1318 kB
Recommended emulator: DOSBox

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

   Test Drive III: The Passion is a racing game released in 1990. It was the third entry in the Test Drive series of video games. The game was radically different from the previous episodes by abandoning sprite graphics and using 3D graphics instead. Unlike previous games, it was available just for DOS.
Prince of Persia - DOS version
Test Drive III: The Passion - DOS version

   Test Drive had the concept of a free landscape. The player did not have to drive on a preset course, but could go wherever they want, i.e. drive off the road and onto the grass, hills, farms etc. The player would also have to watch out for the speed limit when a police car was in sight, otherwise he could get caught. A level also featured railroad crossings with a real train running in a loop.
   Car radio, windscreen wipers and headlights were featured in this game. The game shipped with three cars to drive; the Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari Mythos Pininfarina Concept, and the Chevrolet Corvette CERV III Concept.
    While Test Drive and Test Drive II titles were developed by Distinctive Software, the third one was developed in-house at Accolade. This resulted in many differences over the first two games. The game was radically different from the previous two installments by abandoning sprite graphics and using a combination of bitmapped and polygon-fill 3D graphics, and digitized car interiors instead. Unlike the previous games which were released on a variety of platforms, it was released exclusively for DOS.
   An add on package, 'Road and Car', was available as an extra purchase featuring a Cape Cod to Niagara road course, and the Acura NSX and Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo.

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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 Test Drive III: The Passion 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

or

Turn left or right

A

Shift to a higher gear.

Z

Shift to a lower gear.

W

Turns wipers on/off.

H

Turns headlights on/off.

M

Retunes the radio to another station.

C

Turn ON/OFF automatic centering of the steering wheel.

+

Center the steering wheel whether automatic centering is ON or OFF.

D

Turn ON/OFF the display of speed shift pattern.

R

Turn ON/OFF the display of the rear view mirror.

Space or Enter

Activate a new car after a mishap.

F5

Displays bird's-eye view of your car's position.

F6

Returns the car back to the road.

F10

Instant Replay - review the last few seconds of your driving.

Ctrl + S

Sound ON/OFF (except for the radio)

Esc

Quit game (return to the main menu)

 
Platform:

This ver­sion of Test Drive III: The Passion 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 Test Drive III: The Passion. 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 Test Drive III: The Passion 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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