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WEC Le Mans

WEC Le Mans
GenreArcade Racing
DeveloperImagine Studios
PublisherImagine Studios
Reviewed byndial
WEC Lem Mans is a racing game developed by Konami and released in 1986 for the arcades. In 1988, the game was converted by Imagine Studios to the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64/128 and ZX Spectrum (128k) home computers.
In this game, you race through a tough and exhausting race, the WEC Le Mans championship! Each race is split into four laps (two during daytime and two after sunset) divided also into three checkpoints. Due to the limitations of the CPC hardware, all cars have the same design and don't correspond to actual models. The Le Mans 24-hour race is the most famous endurance test for both man and machine. Thankfully, you don't have to race around the circuit for 24 hours(!) You only have to complete all four laps. Your super car has only two gears (Low and Hi) but it's fast! And you really need to be fast to reach each of the checkpoints before the time runs out. As you progress, you'll encounter more cars and you'll need to be more careful or you will easily crash rather spectacularly with your car flying in the air. In general it is hard to beat the game's races as the opposing drivers stay most of the time in the middle of the racing track or slide towards your side crashing you and making you lose valuable time. OK, the game is a quite good coin-op conversion and it is quite fun to play!

Nobody would expect a pixel-perfect 8bit conversion, but the Amstrad features good graphics (although 6 colors are mostly used), with fast background scrolling and nice sprite animation (your car may spin or roll in the air after a serious crash). The opponent cars are nicely drawn too, with excellent pseudo-3D modelling. There a few road signs, lights as well as trees on the track's sides in which you may easily crash onto. Comparably, the CPC's visual details are better than the Commodore and ZX Spectrum versions. The sound is also good featuring a catchy intro tune, and a few nice sound effects like engine throttling, car braking and more.

On our video below you may watch the Amstrad CPC, Sinclair ZX Spectrum conversions plus the original arcade coin-op version of the game.
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Sound samples
Intro music:  In-game sound:
Gameplay sample
Comparable platforms
Amstrad CPC
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Commodore C64
Hardware information

Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128

Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128CPU: ZiLOG Z80 4MHZ
MEMORY: 64 KB or 128 KB of RAM depending on the model (capable of being expanded to 512k using memory extension boards)
GRAPHICS: Motorola 6845 address generator, Mode 0: 160x200 / 16 colors, Mode 1: 320x200 / 4 colors, Mode 2: 640x200 / 2 colors, A colour palette of 27 colors was supported
SOUND: The CPC used the General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip, providing 3 channels Mono Sound (via internal speaker) but capable to offer Stereo Sound provided through a 3.5 mm headphones jack (with pretty impressive outcome!). Also, it is possible to play back digital sound samples at a resolution of approximately 5bit. This technique is very processor-intensive though.
The Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128 (default) color palette
RGB 27-colors palette (16 on screen)
comment on 2019-05-02 09:17:03
alex76grJoin Date: 2017-03-19
Από τα καλύτερα racing για το μηχάνημα και προσωπικό αγαπημένο.
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