Jaguar XJ220, Arcade racing fun on the Commodore Amiga

Driving around in a huge, low, fast car, cocking a snook at local traffic regulations and frightening the peasants in 12 different countries of the world – that’s the life, eh? It’s also the idea behind Jaguar XJ220, a sprite based racing game with a two-player split- screen option. You’ll experience a variety of conditions on your tour: rain, snow and cross-winds affect handling, while visibility may be impaired by fog or night driving. There are 20 cars in each race – Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bugattis and Corvettes. Each of the constructors fields a three-strong team. Teams consist of a good driver who goes like the clappers, a Sunday driver who does likewise but brakes at hazards, and a learner driver who’s likely to be hitching on the hard shoulder when he lets his car run out of fuel. The prize money you earn from a race can be spent on travelling to more races in different countries, or on repairing any damage to your car. Prangs, rough handling and cross-country short-cuts all take their toll on the tyres, engine, spoilers, stick-on Garfield, etc. Jaguar XJ220 has enough new features to get away with it. It’s well thought-out from start to finish, and graphically it’s just dreamy. Take the autumn scene on the Canadian leg – I just wanted to run barefoot through it. The Map Editor lets you re-design any of the game’s 36 circuits with ease. It includes a large prop department from which to select the roadside sprites, as well as various track sections to create the uppy, downy, lefty, righty bits. The game features a marvellous in-car stereo. Boasting a selection of music ranging from trash metal to Leonard Cohen, there’s something to suit everyone’s style of driving. A great Commodore Amiga release and worth replaying today!

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