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The Cycles

The Cycles
DeveloperDistinctive Software
Reviewed byndial
Much like all Accolade's racing simulators, The Cycle is a challenging and quite realistic game that demands skills and patience since surely you may want to take the bikes out for a spin. It is one of the very early motorbike racing games with a first person perspective, and that made a real gem back in the days. The game was released for the Commodore Amiga and Apple Macintosh Classic computers.
This is a racing game, so the only goal is to win. In this game you can choose three different bikes from 125cc to 500cc and five different difficulty settings from the hopeless amateur to the poesy pro. There are 15 different circuits to race and become World Champion. Before each race you test a solo qualifying lap to determine your place on the grid line and this also gives you an idea of the track's layout. Then all you have to do is to "fly" through the track and avoid hitting your opponents. There's also the option to choose automatic gears (on the easier categories) as well as manual shifting. The number of laps per race can be set by the player (up to 99) but the default setting is only three.
The Cycles is a classy racing game and you'll probably find this well worth some time to play, although the sense of speed isn't outstanding and the controls are a bit loose.

Even though The Cycles is a challenging game, the graphics and sound leave something to be desired. The view is from the bike's dash, which works well (as it does with Accolade's smash hit, the Test Drive series) giving a good impression of speed. The animation is not so great but it's more important to have that impression of speed. The rear-view mirror is a nice touch and can be useful when opponents attend to overtake. The Macintosh version runs only on the monochrome models.
The game's sound effects consist of the standard engine throttle noises that suit well the game's atmosphere. In comparison, the Amiga counterpart is a lot better as it includes sampled sounds.
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Hardware information


MacintoshCPU: Macintosh Classic (1984) and Macintosh Plus (1986), Macintosh SE and SE/30 (1987 and 1991 respectively) with Motorola MC68000 at 7.83 MHz
MEMORY: Macintosh Classic (128k, 512k), Macintosh Plus/SE (1MB expandable to 4MB), Macintosh SE/30 (1MB expandable to 128MB)
GRAPHICS: Macintosh Classic/Plus/SE with Black & White screen, 512x342 pixels
SOUND: Macintosh Classic/Plus/SE (internal speaker). 8-bit mono 22 kHz (support 8-bit sampled monaural sound sampled at the 22.25 kHz horizontal blanking rate)
The Macintosh (default) color palette
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