Lamborghini American Challenge (aka Crazy Cars 3) is a quite difficult and pretty lengthy racing game with decent visuals and sound, adding also some unique features to the genre. The game was originally released in 1992 for the Commodore Amiga and later ported to DOS, Nintendo SNES, Atari ST, Amiga CD32, Game Boy, Amstrad CPC, and Commodore 64.
STORY / GAMEPLAY Lamborghini American Challenge is the third game on the Crazy Cars series. It's a classic racer in which the objective is to drive your Lamborghini Diablo and become the undisputed champion in some highly illegal races through mountains, a desert, urban settings and highways of the U.S. Each race is divided into three leagues, each one with increasingly harder opponents. In order to be competitive enough you must regularly upgrade your Diablo (i.e. buy turbo boosts) to keep your car at high performance standards. To participate on a race you need first to bet some money (!). The money left in the pot will be the prize for the 1st place. So win races, gain money, upgrade your Lambo and run like hell!
GRAPHICS / SPUND The Atari ST port has nice graphics, very close to the original Amiga version but with almost half the colors on-screen. Comparison aside, the ST version has 32 simultaneous colors which is double its default. The game's scrolling is decent enough and the landscapes move relatively fast. As for the sound, the ST version features a nice intro and main menu theme and a few engine and braking chip sound effects in-game.
GAMEPLAY SAMPLE VIDEO On our video below you may watch 6 different versions of the game.
The Atari ST/E version is at 06:02.
CPU: Motorola 68000 16/32bit at 8mhz. 16 bit data bus/32 bit internal/24-bit address bus. MEMORY: RAM 512KB (1MB for the 1040ST models) / ROM 192KB GRAPHICS: Digital-to-Analog Converter of 3-bits, eight levels per RGB channel, featuring a 9-bit RGB palette (512 colors), 320x200 (16 color), 640x200 (4 color), 640x400 (monochrome). With special programming techniques could display 512 colors on screen in static images. SOUND: Yamaha YM2149F PSG "Programmable Sound Generator" chip provided 3-voice sound synthesis, plus 1-voice white noise mono PSG. It also has two MIDI ports, and support mixed YM2149 sfx and MIDI music in gaming (there are several games supported this).